Maricopa County Admits to Deleting and Archiving Files and Not Providing Archived Files to Audit Because Auditors ‘Didn’t Subpoena the Archived Files’

U.S. House Rep Andy Biggs (R-AZ) asked an important question at an election integrity hearing about alleged deleted files. The audit alleged files were deleted by the county and after the audit, the Senate said they would question the County. Maricopa County Board Vice Chair Bill Gates admitted they deleted files, but archived them. When asked why the archived files were not turned over under the Arizona Senate subpoena, Gates said they didn’t directly ask for archived files.

“Is it standard practice to delete files off a server after an election Mr. Bennett?” asks Biggs. “Mr. Gates, would you agree with that?” Gates: “I would say that it’s appropriate to maintain files and that’s exactly what we did. The deleted files have been discussed, and they were archived. Biggs: “so you admit that you guys, Maricopa County did delete files off the server after the election?” Gates: “that were archived.” Biggs: “yeah, and so when you released the servers and this information to the auditors, to begin with, they didn’t have access to the deleted files, is that correct?” Gates: “they didn’t subpoena those that’s correct”. Biggs asks after laughing, “so you didn’t feel obligated to turn that over then is that correct?” Gates: “we responded to the subpoena:”.

Ken Bennett then responds “I find it frankly laughable to suggest that a county, in response to a subpoena could say “we will delete files from the hard drives and materials that we give to the auditors because we have those files archived on data that we did not give to the auditors when the subpoena said to turn over all the records related to the election.”

Rep Biggs then confirmed he read the subpoena as “more broadly than the county read it for sure”. The county could not confirm if the deleting of data was normal election protocol, but only that there is “limited storage data”. This clip from Trump ally Liz Harrington leaves much to be wondered and possibly investigated:

“Maricopa County admits they DELETED and moved the election data to hide it from auditors AFTER they got a subpoena This is a total cover up, and they admit it!”

Harrington posted another clip from the hearing:

It’s hard to say what may come of these hearings and the strange things that happened in Maricopa County in 2020 that many feel do not add up. Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers posted the first clip showing the importance of this development as well.