The State of Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich has issued a blistering response to Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding not-so-subtloe threats the Department of Justice has made over the state’s election audit of Maricopa County.
On Monday, Arizona’s AG issued the following response to Garland over its threats:
“Late last week, you made troubling comments about the ongoing efforts in states to ensure election integrity,” the letter read. “Your statements displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty as defined under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution and the election provisions in Articles I and II.”
“Your comments followed a May 5 letter from Pamela Karlan of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, on the subject of the Arizona Senate’s oversight of the Maricopa County audit,” the letter continued. “This letter appeared more interested in supporting the hysterical outcries of leftist pundits on cable television, rather than the rule of law.”
“My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with the State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections,” the letter added. “We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach.”
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“It is important to remember that the states created the federal government, not the other way around,” it went on. “America’s founders intentionally restrained the federal government’s constitutional boundaries to ensure each state could flourish in unique ways. Today, our federal government has largely forgotten the Founders’ intent, but my office has not.”
“There are no issues more important for states to prioritize than the integrity of our elections,” it continued. “This is the cornerstone of our republic, binding together the peoples’ trust in the whole of government. Today, we see mistrust in our elections from Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This should not be a partisan issue. States can and should take every opportunity to reassure all citizens that their vote counts.”
“My office looks for ways to work alongside the federal government to uphold our laws within the constraints of the 10th Amendment and the election provisions in Article I and II,” the letter concluded. “As I have demonstrated several times, however, Arizona will not sit back and let the Biden administration abuse its authority, refuse to uphold laws, or attempt to commandeer our state’s sovereignty.”
The author of the letter, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, recently announced his bid for U.S. Senate in the race to replace Democratic Senator Mark Kelly.
Brnovich was reacting to recent comments by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Speaking on Friday regarding what the left misleadingly terms “voting rights” (all eligible adult U.S. citizens already have voting rights), Garland issued a not-so-subtle threat to states that are doing election audits.
“We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to curb voter access and where we see violations we will not hesitate to act,” he said. “We are also scrutinizing current laws and practices in order to determine whether they discredit against black voters and other voters of color. Particularly concerning with in this regard are several studies showing that in some jurisdictions nonwhite voters must wait in line substantially longer than white voters to cast their ballots.”
The Department of Justice’s threat is a red flag to states that the federal government is poised to intervene if states conduct election audits. This should be prompting Republican-led legislatures to begin doing election audits immediately and passing voter integrity laws.
Arizona’s response to the Department of Justice is the perfect one: It’s our state and we will decide how to run our elections — in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.
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