Major Investigation Launched Over State Corruption

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Following reports that Arizona’s former state Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) hid a report proving claims about voter fraud were inaccurate, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) has urged the State Bar to investigate.

In a letter to the chief counsel of the bar, Hobbs’s general counsel Bo Dul explained that the former state AG’s conduct was “harmful to our democracy, our State, and the legal profession itself.”

The letter, first obtained by The Washington Post, relays how Dul urges the state bar to assess files relating to Brnovich’s conduct and “take appropriate action.”

Dul’s letter follows a report by The Washington Post that exposes how internal documents show that Brnovich had kept private a March 2022 report showing that claims of mistakes and wrongdoing in the 2020 election had no merit.

Brnovich had investigated voting in Maricopa County following the urging of allies of former President Donald Trump, who believed voter fraud in the county was responsible for Trump’s loss.

In an interim report released in April 2022, Brnovich claimed Maricopa county’s voting system was “broke.” Still, the former AG’s report excluded edits by those investigating such claims that would have refuted such assertions.

Eventually, Brnovich compiled an “Election Review Summary” dated September 2022, but the report wasn’t released during his term in office, which ended last month.

The Washington Post also reported that the state bar had revealed it had already received eight complaints relating to Brnovich’s probe into voting in the 2020 election.