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Maricopa County celebrated on Thursday evening after claiming vindication in the controversial audit of the 2020 election in Arizona's largest county.
"A monthslong hand recount of Maricopa County's 2020 vote confirmed that President Joe Biden won and the election was not "stolen" from former President Donald Trump, according to early versions of a report prepared for the Arizona Senate," The Arizona Republic reported Thursday evening, one day before the findings were scheduled to be released.
"The three-volume report by the Cyber Ninjas, the Senate's lead contractor, includes results that show Trump lost by a wider margin than the county's official election results," the newspaper noted. "The hand count shows Trump received 45,469 fewer votes than Biden. The county results showed he lost by 45,109."
The leak of the report came the same day Trump pressured Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to pursue something similar to the Cyber Ninjas audit in Texas.
The county announced the findings on Twitter, but warned 110-page report "is also littered with errors & faulty conclusions about how Maricopa County conducted the 2020 General Election."
Tim Steller, a columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, says the findings should still be discounted even though they confirmed the official outcome.
'They are coming for Donald Trump': MSNBC analyst says subpoenas are hitting his 'inner, inner circle'
The investigation by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol is aimed directly at former President Donald Trump a panel on MSNBC's "The Last Word" explained on Thursday evening.
The select committee subpoenaed former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, and former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon.
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell said "this looks to me like the inner circle. This is Bannon, this is Meadows, this is people who really had access to the president and as the committee says, knew what he was doing on January 6."
NBC News national affairs correspondent Jon Heilemann explained how close Trump was to Meadows, Scavino and Bannon.
"You think about the spokes of the wheel around Trump, these subpoenas is the most inner, inner circle in many respect, and it sounds the bell. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. The bell tolls for Trump here," he explained.
"And I think what this is a clear testament to is the thing that we've all been paying attention to over the past few months is this committee is really serious. They are serious. They've learned lessons, but they're also by every indication not going to take no for an answer and they are coming for Donald Trump."
Congressional historian Norm Ornstein noted the subpoenas did not just require interviews, but also document production.
"The documents may be even more critical than the testimony," he said.
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Legal experts on Thursday analyzed the subpoenas issued by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"In letters to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, and former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon, Chairman Thompson instructed the witnesses to produce materials and appear at depositions in the weeks ahead," the committee explained.
CNN legal analyst Elliot Williams said it suggested an aggressive posture by the select committee.
"This is a big deal because usual practice in congressional investigations is to try to negotiate with witnesses before issuing subpoenas. Quick subpoenas like this are a sign they're not messing around," Williams wrote on Twitter.
On CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig said he expected resistance.
""I would not expect any of these people to comply, to come in and testify because that is the history of the pattern we have seen from Trump White House when it was in power and now. Here is what happens next. It's up to the committee to decide are we going to go to court and fight this. Are we going to go to court and say we need a specific order from you requiring them to come in and testify and the key there is timing ... in past, it's taken House Democrats way too long to get into courts and these disputes have dragged on for months and years to the point where nobody even cared. The committee has to be ready to act quickly and demand expedited, sped up review from the courts here," Honig said.
The question of what Congress should do if the subpoenas are resisted was also raised. On MSNBC, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner noted the mechanisms Congress has available to enforce subpoenas.
"There, of course, are three ways Congress can do that. With civil enforcement, with criminal contempt, and with the inherent power Congress has to enforce its own subpoenas through contempt," he explained.
Former federal prosecutor Richard Signorelli argued that Congress should be aggressive.
"Contempt and incarceration. No exceptions, no negotiations," he counseled.
Meanwhile, Trump released a statement saying he would "will fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds."
But Williams explained the problems with that approach.
"Trump will likely try to claim executive privilege over some of the documents and conversations here, but has two problems: (1) many communications would have been on behalf of Trump the *candidate*, not Trump the *president*, and not protected, and executive privilege can't (and shouldn't!) be a shield for covering up wrongdoing," he wrote. "Similar concept exists in criminal law; you can't tell your lawyer you're going to commit a crime, and then claim your statement was private/privileged because it was to your lawyer."
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