Former President Donald Trump has pushed Pennsylvania Republicans to launch an election audit similar to the one conducted in Maricopa County, Arizona, for the 2020 election.
On Friday, June 4, he issued a statement following a trip to Maricopa County by a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, including state senators Doug Mastriano and Cris Dush, and state representative Rob Kauffman to examine the GOP-led Arizona Senate’s audit. Following the visit, they showed an interest in having the review replicated in their state, Washington Examiner reported.
President Trump, who was defeated by Vice President Joe Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania, congratulated the three state legislators, calling them “great patriots.”
PA delegation arrives on floor of AZ Audit. pic.twitter.com/xljwCZb4jP— Christina Bobb (@christina_bobb) June 2, 2021
He also urged Pennsylvania Senate leaders to follow suit, saying, “Now the Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. Senate President Jake Corman needs to fulfill his promise to his constituents to conduct a full Forensic Audit. Senator Dave Argall, Chairman of the State Government Committee, has to authorize the subpoenas, if necessary. The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth. If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn’t act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!”
President Trump’s statement on Pennsylvania audit. pic.twitter.com/Kczoal0Ocn— Rasta Redpill (@RastaRedpill) June 4, 2021
The former president has been sure that widespread electoral fraud was to blame for his defeat, and he believes that a comprehensive investigation will reveal this to the world. Officials from the federal and state governments, on the other hand, claim there is no proof of widespread fraud.
The Arizona audit, commissioned by the state senate Republicans and conducted by the private Cyber Ninjas audit team, is already revealing numerous “significant discrepancies” that benefitted Joe Biden in 2020, National File reported.
Republican State Rep. Seth Grove, who chairs the election committee in Pennsylvania, has firmly rejected any attempt to conduct an audit similar to the one in Maricopa County. However, Argall, mentioned by name in Trump’s recent comments, said an audit is still a possibility. If lawmakers accept a bill presented by state Sen. Bob Mensch in June, Pennsylvania’s independently elected auditor general will conduct a vote audit.