The House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday that it’s opening an investigation into the ballot review run by the GOP-controlled state Senate in Arizona.
The investigation looks into Cyber Ninjas, one of the private contracts that the Arizona state Senate hired to audit ballots cast during the 2020 election. House Democrats on the Oversight Committee seek to determine whether the company is working to “reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain.”
The committee on Wednesday sent a letter to Cyber Ninjas Chief Executive Officer Douglas Logan, asking the firm to provide certain information that would shed light on their work. They’re seeking a wide range of information, including communications with former President Donald Trump or his representatives, Maricopa County officials, and individuals that have made claims of election fraud, such as Mike Lindell, Sidney Powell, and Lin Woods.
The committee also asks for information related to the structure of Cyber Ninjas itself and details about the review process.
The committee gave Cyber Ninjas two weeks to comply with the request.
What they’re saying: “We are concerned about your company’s role in this highly unusual effort, given Cyber Ninjas’ apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits; reports that the company engaged in sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting equipment and were questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and evidence that you and other individuals funding the audit have sought to advance the “big lie” of debunked voter fraud allegations in the November 2020 presidential election,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.
“Americans’ right to vote is protected by the Constitution and is the cornerstone of our democratic system of government. The Committee is seeking to determine whether the privately funded audit conducted by your company in Arizona protects the right to vote or is instead an effort to promote baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain,” the letter reads.
How we got here: Cyber Ninjas has come under scrutiny ever since it was picked to audit the 2020 election in Maricopa County in the state.
Critics raised concerns about the company’s lack of experience in the field, as well as questions about Logan’s stance on the 2020 election fraud claims and the funding of the audit.
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