Arizona’s Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs is reportedly pressuring Attorney General Kris Mayes — who narrowly defeated GOP challenger Abe Hamadeh by 280 votes in 2022 — to indict former President Trump, his lawyers and Arizona’s alternate electors. Hobbs praised Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and pointed to her RICO indictment against the former president as a potential roadmap before retracting her statement through an aide.
“Absolutely. I have been an advocate for holding folks involved in trying to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 election accountable and this is part of that process,” Hobbs told reporters when asked about a potential indictment, according to a report from KTAR. “Accountability is critical. I don’t think we’re going to change direction until there’s accountability at the top level…And this is an important step forward that I think should move forward and play out in the legal process.”
Trump already faces more than 700 years in prison due to the four indictments already brought against him, but that isn’t stopping Hobbs from seeking another hundred more or so for good measure. Just this week, Fani Willis indicted the former president on 41 felony charges. She also charged a total of 18 Trump lawyers, advisors and alternate electors.
Hobbs was Arizona’s secretary of state in 2020, when President Biden secured the state’s 11 electoral votes by less than one percentage point. The results were heavily scrutinized and ultimately led to a forensic audit in Maricopa County, which ultimately identified 49,000 questionable votes.
On Wednesday, KTAR updated their article with a statement from Hobbs’ Communications Director, Christian Slater. “Gov. Hobbs misheard the question. She was responding generally about her belief that anyone who breaks the law must be held accountable for working to overturn free and fair elections,” Slater said. “As she has consistently stated, she believes in allowing the legal process to proceed independently and without political interference.”