Daughter of Biden’s Chief of Staff steps in to stop Arizona audit

Judge rules Maricopa County must provide 2020 ballots to Arizona Senate for audit under subpoenas

Hannah Klain, the daughter of President Joe Biden’s powerful Chief of Staff Ron Klain, recently signed a letter urging the Justice Department to send federal monitors to Maricopa County, Arizona, to oversee the Arizona State Senate’s audit of 2020 presidential votes.

The letter was sent to the Justice Department last week by three organizations: the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Protect Democracy, expressing concern that the auditors are “engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws.”

“[W]e request that you send federal monitors as soon as practicable to the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” the letter said. “Ballots that are protected under federal law are in imminent danger of being subject to unlawful voter intimidation as a result of flawed audit procedure.”

Klain signed the letter in her capacity as the Equal Justice Works Selbin Family Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

The letter implied the Arizona state senate’s review of the 2020 presidential election results is illegitimate, using the term “so-called audit” and putting the word “audit” in parentheses. It also complained about the firm commissioned to conduct the work, Cyber Ninjas and its subcontractors.

Klain and other co-signers said they believe:

[T]he senate and its agents, including Cyber Ninjas are 1) violating their duty under federal law to retain and preserve ballots cast in a federal election, which are and have been in danger of being stolen, defaced, or irretrievably damaged, and 2) preparing to engage in conduct which will constitute unlawful voter intimidation in violation of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws.

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