The official liaison of the Arizona Senate Republicans in the vote recount they launched has threatened to quit after the controversial Cyber Ninjas operation shut him out.
Former secretary of state Ken Bennett, a Republican, said he was “shocked” when he was not allowed into the building last Friday where the Maricopa County audit — which he is charged with overseeing — was taking place.
Bennett said Monday that he was frozen out after he expressed several concerns about the operation, including what appeared to be sloppy and inconsistent spreadsheet tallies of votes. He called the issue “just the tip of the iceberg” of problems.
“The reason that I am that close to stepping down as liaison is that I cannot be a part of a process [when] I am kept out of critical aspects along the way that make the audit legitimate and have integrity when we produce the final report,” Bennett said on “The Conservative Circus” program on KFYI-550 radio.
Top Maricopa County election official Stephen Richer pounced on the implosion as yet more evidence that the Ninjas’ recount is a total sham. He tweeted that Bennett had been “kicked out” because recount figures from another audit arranged by the Senate and leaked to the press matched the official record, not the Ninjas’ numbers (which haven’t been released publicly). Now “the adult has left the room,” Richer taunted.
Bennett insisted the recount isn’t supposed to be aimed at overturning the election that handed Joe Biden a presidential victory. “This is about election integrity,” he said on KFYI. “But election integrity is not about if Donald Trump won the election. Election integrity is about: Did we do the election right?”
QAnon acolyte and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, however, was completely convinced that “hundreds of thousands” of votes for Trump would inevitably be uncovered even before the audit was launched.
The partisan vote audit has been hugely controversial. Among multiple questionable practices, the Ninjas have exposed ballots to infrared light in a confounding hunt for “bamboo fibers,” which organizers claim would prove Chinese interference. Last month, copies of voter data were spirited out of Phoenix and taken to an isolated cabin in Montana, some 1,300 miles away.