The Maricopa County Sheriff seeking to obstruct the 2020 election audit has been in office for more than four years.
To achieve his victory over Republican Joe Arpaio, Paul Penzone had a crucial supporter: progressive speculator George Soros donated $2 million to help the then-Democratic candidate prevail as Maricopa sheriff.
To beat Arpaio, a historic Maricopa sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, Democrat Penzone received the largest donation made by George Soros in the 2016 election cycle.
In addition, Penzone received another $250,000 from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.
The money went to a political action committee called Maricopa Strong, which spent a veritable fortune on commercials and TV ads touting Penzone and bashing Arpaio.
Now in office, the Democrat Penzone is currently resisting subpoenas in the Arizona Senate audit of the county’s general election.
A February court ruling upheld subpoenas for county routers involved in the election.
However, the ruling did not explain how it would be enforced. And here’s the rub.
Days earlier, Penzone sent a letter to Senate President Karen Fann, who is leading the audit, claiming that complying with the subpoena would compromise the county’s network and threaten “the security of sensitive, protected and critical data” of county residents.
For many specialists, however, that is not the case.
Charles Loftus, a recently retired professor of criminology at Arizona State University who specialized in domestic terrorism and white-collar crime investigations, asserted in Just The News that Penzone’s maneuver “is either a stall or bargaining tactic” to stall the audit’s progress.
Indeed, at a press conference, Penzone called the audit a waste of time.
He described the company leading the audit, Cyber Ninjas, as a “private uncertified hacking company based on a hunch.”
But in case there was any doubt left about Penzone’s take on the audit that is trying to verify irregularities in the 2020 election, get this:
Penzone described the audit process as “try to find a way to put up enough false information to make it valid, and then accuse others of being dishonest.”
In Penzone’s letter to Senate President Fann, it is unclear whether the county will oppose any subpoenas for the routers involved in the election or object to the contractors hired for the audit.
And, for the time being, it remains an unknown whether Sheriff Penzone’s official actions against subpoenaing the routers could be related (or not) to the $2 million George Soros contributed to his campaign in 2016.