Arizona’s new attorney general opened a new investigation into alleged attempts to overturn the outcome of 2020’s general election by Republicans.
State Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, assigned prosecutors to the case in May, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The case apparently focuses on 22 Republicans who signed and transmitted official documents “claiming to be the state’s chosen electors for Trump in the electoral college.”
Ms. Mayes’s chief deputy, Dan Barr, described the investigation as being in the “fact-gathering” phase, according to a report from The Detroit News.
Mr. Barr declined to say whether subpoenas have been issued, the report noted, adding that state statutes the team thinks might have been broken have not been disclosed by the state.
Former President Donald Trump does not appear to be a target of the criminal investigation at this point, according to a report from The Daily Wire. That could change if new evidence emerges in the case.
A similar criminal investigation is being conducted by Michigan prosecutors examining alleged attempts by Republicans in that state to overturn the results of its election.
Arizona’s case claims one set of documents was signed by GOP activists and another set was signed by state Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward, and other “high-profile Republicans,” WaPo reported.
Investigators have already contacted many of those said to have signed the documents, and their attorneys, the report added.
A separate Washington Post report earlier this month postulated Mr. Trump tried to pressure then-Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to overturn the state’spresidential election results.
The report further claimed Trump repeatedly asked his Vice President, Mike Pence, to contact Gov. Ducey and push him to find evidence supporting his claims.
“I don’t remember any pressure,” Pence told CBS News, adding he checked in with governors across the nation whose states “were going through the legal process of reviewing their election results.”