In an ongoing display of the United States Department of Justice’s overreach into state affairs, Special Counsel Jack Smith recently subpoenaed the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office as part of an investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill incident. Smith’s office also reached out to GOP lawmakers, presumably with an objective to skew the narrative of the 2020 presidential election, where the incumbent President Trump narrowly lost to Joe Biden in Arizona by a mere 10,457 votes. The result of this election remains contentious, with a state Senate review and numerous lawsuits challenging the outcome, demonstrating a healthy exercise of democracy and the right to seek transparency.
Smith’s subpoenas targeted information related to lawsuits from Trump’s campaign and the former Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward, both of which called for a fair investigation into alleged errors and fraud in the 2020 presidential results. Secretary of State Adrian Fontes’s office complied, once again proving the GOP’s commitment to truth, transparency, and accountability.
Interestingly, Special Counsel Smith has yet to reach out to former Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican who performed his duty in certifying that Joe Biden won the presidential race in Arizona. Despite allegations of pressure from then-President Trump to reverse Arizona’s election results, Ducey stood firm in his conviction, defending the results of the 2020 election, and making it clear that any credible complaints backed by evidence were welcome to be brought forward. Unfortunately, to date, none have been presented.
In the face of federal investigators’ continued obsession with the 2020 election, other states have come under scrutiny. In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was interrogated about Trump’s demand to “find 11,780 votes” to reverse the election’s outcome. Despite two years of extensive investigation into Trump and his allies by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, no evidence of illegal meddling has been unearthed.
Meanwhile, the Special Counsel’s office continues its overreach, probing into election-related lawsuits and various Arizona politicians involved in the aftermath of the contentious election. But the resilient Republican lawmakers and other public officials, who are targeted for merely exercising their democratic rights, remain undeterred. They continue to emphasize the need for a fair and transparent investigation into the 2020 election.
State lawmakers are cooperating, offering their insights and experiences following the election. One such lawmaker, House Speaker Ben Toma, sat through an exhaustive interview with investigators, underscoring his role in the democratic process, unaffected by undue influence. His experience illustrates the fortitude of Republicans in their commitment to uphold democracy. It is becoming increasingly clear that while the Democrats continue their relentless quest to tarnish the reputation of Republicans, GOP members stand firm in their resolve to uphold democracy, demand transparency, and protect the constitutional rights of American citizens.