A member of the Arizona election audit team said they managed to “recover” a database from the Election Management System that auditors claimed was deleted.
The story: The latest news was revealed during a special meeting held by the Arizona Senate that took place on Tuesday. Attendees included Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, Republican Sen. Warren Petersen, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett, CyFir founder Ben Cotton, and Cyber Ninjas owner Doug Logan.
In detail: At the hearing, Cotton, whose firm is a subcontractor on Fann’s audit team, told lawmakers he was able to find the files the auditors initially said the county deleted.
“I discovered a [Master File Table] that clearly indicated that the database directory was deleted from that server,” Cotton said Tuesday. “So all of this, however, may be a moot point because subsequently, I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files that I have access to that data.”
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors did not attend the hearing, as they previously announced. In fact, they demanded an end to the audit, which includes a review of the county’s 2.1 million ballots and election equipment.
“These accusations are false, defamatory, and beneath the dignity of the Senate. They are an insult to the dedicated public servants in the Maricopa County Elections Department and Office of the Recorder, who work incredibly long hours conducting the County’s elections with integrity and honor,” the board wrote in a 13-page letter signed by all five members.
“Maricopa County provided you the actual Dominion server as commanded by your subpoena and we did not transfer or delete from that server any data from the 2020 General Election that was subject to your subpoena. You have now returned that server to us. Evidently, your ‘auditors’ made a copy of that server and are conducting their analysis on the copy,” the letter reads.
The board said it will not answer questions from the auditors and reiterated that it won’t give them access to the county’s routers, claiming the devices will provide a map of where “all the County’s most critical data is hidden,” which would jeopardize the security of certain sensitive information.
“We may need to take it to another level and see if we can get them to please sit down with us,” Fann reportedly said on Tuesday. “Or the auditors will issue a report to say, ‘Here’s what we’ve found and here are the questions that we have but we can’t seem to get answers for them.'”
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