Trump allies allegedly told Arizona officials “we need you to stop counting”: report


Leader of the Arizona Republican Party, an ally of the former president Donald Trump, Reportedly asking officials to stop counting votes when the former president loses the country to the president Joe Biden last year.

According to the Associated Press, the latest records show that at some point after the election, Arizona Republican Chairman Kelly Ward texted former Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Clint Hickman, asking “We You need to stop counting votes”.

Ward is one of the most prominent supporters who falsely claimed that the election was “stolen” by Trump due to large-scale voter fraud.She replied to a tweet and shared one from Arizona Republic Regarding her so-called comments and other comments, only commented on “BS”.

According to reports, after making a request to Hickman, Ward urged him and other board members to contact Sidney Powell, the “Sirene” lawyer, who filed a series of lawsuits aimed at overturning the results of the national elections, but they all failed. .

According to the newspaper, after Biden’s victory in the state, the state’s Republican chairman also contacted his fellow Republican Hickman on November 13. Ward warned the chairman, “The President of the United States may call you.”

Hickman then received messages and calls from Ward and other Trump allies.In one of several messages Republic According to Maricopa County’s public records requirements, Ward complained that “there are too many anomalies that must be ruled,” and then warned that Hickman may “be remembered as the person who led the charge to prove fraudulent elections.”

Kelly Ward, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, told Maricopa County Chairman Clint Hickman, “We need you to stop counting.”
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Due to ongoing lawsuits that failed to reverse Trump’s losses, Hickman stopped responding to Ward’s repeated messages.He no longer responds to requests from Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, He was recorded in the phone message, saying that he hoped “there is a good way to solve this problem for everyone”, and Trump has asked him to call him.

Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told New York Times “Not surprisingly, Maricopa County election officials have no intention of investigating major irregularities during the election.”

There are no major violations or fraud cases that would lead to different election results. Trump lost to Biden by 74 electoral college votes, 11 of which were from Arizona, and he won 7 million fewer popular votes nationwide than his successor.

Although the recount and audit have confirmed Biden’s legal victory, with Ward’s support, another controversial audit of Maricopa County has not yet been completed. A CEO expressed support for election fraud. Conspiracy theory. Two months.

Weekly newspaper Contact the Arizona Republican Party for comments.

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