Earlier this week, Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ lawyers filed an emergency petition to prevent her from having to testify this week in Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake’s election lawsuit.
The move which came on Monday by Hobbs’ legal team sought to block a subpoena forcing her to testify in the lawsuit. Lake correctly noted that as secretary of state, Hobbs is responsible for overseeing elections so she must testify.
Conservative Brief reports:
Lake’s lawsuit argues, among other things, that there were enough problems in Maricopa County, the state’s largest, on Election Day that contributed to her 17,000-vote loss to Hobbs. Maricopa County election officials have denied the allegations.
State Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson ruled against Hobbs’ motion Monday evening, noting in his order the issues at hand concern an “activity wholly within her wheelhouse: the conduct of elections,” according to the Western Journal.
On Monday night, Hobbs’ attorneys filed yet another petition in an attempt for her to not have to testify.
“Though there was no good-faith basis for the Subpoena to begin with … there is absolutely no good faith basis to require the Secretary to testify now given the scope of the MTD Order,” the legal team said.
“And to the extent Plaintiff has any questions that are relevant (and there is simply no way she could), Kori Lorick, State Elections Director, has already been disclosed as a potential witness who ‘may testify regarding the Arizona Secretary of State’s election-related duties and responsibilities, or other matters related to the Secretary of State’s Office relevant to this case,’” Hobbs’ attorneys continued.
Republican’s on Twitter called out Hobbs for trying to avoid any sort of confrontation.
“Katie Hobbs just filed a Motion to Quash. Good luck. She refused to debate and now she doesn’t want to testify?” asked Wendy Rogers.
Katie Hobbs just filed a Motion to Quash. Good luck. She refused to debate and now she doesn’t want to testify? @KariLake
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) December 20, 2022
Lake’s trial got off to a fiery start on Wednesday as the governor candidate brought forward bombshell evidence of election fraud.
According Lake’s legal team, 42.5% of examined ballots in Maricopa County for the 2022 governor’s race were illegitimate. Lake’s trial began on Wednesday were she is attempting to prove that wide scale fraud took place in Maricopa County on election day.
The Lake War Room tweeted on Wednesday that 48 of the 113 ballots that were reviewed during examination were “19-inch ballots produced on 20-inch paper,”
“This one-inch discrepancy cause chaos on Election day. Causing the mass rejection of these votes as they were attempted to be read through the tabulators,” the Kari Lake War Room tweeted.
48 of 113 ballots reviewed during our examination were 19-inch ballots produced on 20-inch paper.
This one-inch discrepancy cause chaos on Election day. Causing the mass rejection of these votes as they were attempted to be read through the tabulators.
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) December 21, 2022
In a separate tweet, the Lake War Room wrote, “This Is how they disenfranchised Maricopa County voters on Election Day. The ballots were designed to be unable to be read through the machines. This wasn’t an error. It was malice. The process worked exactly as they intended it to.”
One commenter on Twitter noted that there was no way the improper ballot size could have been because of “error.”
“The expert testified there are only 2 ways for the 19 inch image to have bee projected onto the 20 in ballot which would cause tabulator errors. Both methods require an administrator to change. This could not have happened by chance or error. It was fraud.”
The expert testified there are only 2 ways for the 19 inch image to have bee projected onto the 20 in ballot which would cause tabulator errors. Both methods require an administrator to change. This could not have happened by chance or error. It was fraud.
— Keith (@NuEastBeast) December 21, 2022
The Lake War Room added context with video footage of the trial: “The Co-Elections Director for Maricopa County refuses to accept responsibility for the countywide failures on Election Day. Falsely asserts the people impacted by problems at voting centers could simply “go somewhere else.” It’s not that easy. But he knows that.”
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The Co-Elections Director for Maricopa County refuses to accept responsibility for the countywide failures on Election Day.
Falsely asserts the people impacted by problems at voting centers could simply "go somewhere else."
It's not that easy. But he knows that. https://t.co/8xc05hJCKj
— Kari Lake War Room (@KariLakeWarRoom) December 21, 2022
Check out what the Post Millennial reported:
The race between Hobbs and Lake was decided by less than 18,000 votes, with the Democratic candidate winning 1,287,891 votes to Lake’s 1,270,774. The counts put forward by Lake’s team contest her loss. Most counts were thrown out by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson, with 8 being tossed while two counts were allowed to proceed. Those counts deal with alleged intentional misconduct.
Lake told Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest on Tuesday that this marked a “huge win” for her legal team, saying, “we got great news. We’re taking these b*stards to trial!” Adding that Hobbs would take the stand in the trial.
It was later announced by Lake’s attorneys that they had withdrawn the subpoena for Hobbs to testify.
“Maricopa County wants you to believe that they are so incompetent that all of the problems on Election Day can be written off as mistakes.
“Would that make it any better? Is the election better run by clowns and not crooks? This was no accident. And we’re done with the circus,” the Lake War Room would go on to tweet.
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