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Kris Mayes speaking with attendees at the at the Arizona Commerce Authority in Phoenix, September 15, 2022. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Arizona AG Mayes’ Indictment Follows in Biden DOJ Footseps

Charges alternate Trump electors with fraud for supporting Trump in 2020 election

By Steve Kirwan, April 26, 2024 2:01 pm

Arizona’s Democrat Attorney General Kris Mayes, who won her election against Republican challenger Abe Hamadeh by a razor-thin margin of just 300 votes, has charged eleven alternate Trump electors with election fraud. Despite the lack of an investigation or any supporting evidence presented, Mayes’ allegedly politically motivated indictment, which includes sitting state senators Jake Hoffman (R-LD15) and Anthony Kern (R-LD27), comes on the heels of the Biden-DOJ-backed charges against Trump himself.

The list of indicted electors reads like a who’s who in Arizona Republican politics, including former Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward, her husband Michael Ward, Turning Point Action Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer, Loraine Pellegrino, former Senate candidate Jim Lamon, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, and Greg Safsten. Mayes also announced additional charges but refrained from publicly identifying the suspects pending official service of the indictments.

In a video announcement, Mayes stated, “I will not allow American Democracy to be undermined. We’re here because justice demands an answer to the efforts that the defendants and other unindicted co-conspirators allegedly took to undermine the will of Arizona’s voters during the 2020 presidential election.”

Senator Hoffman responded to the Mayes indictment, blasting the AG for what he considers to be a dark turn in partisanship and political retribution.

“Before an investigation had even been conducted and with no evidence, Kris Mayes declared that she believed electors such as myself were guilty of a crime, that it was her job to get Biden re-elected, and that she would control the timing of the indictment,” said Senator Hoffman. “Now, unsurprisingly, we see that she has weaponized the once respected Attorney General’s office to deliver an indictment of her Republican political opponents years after the events at issue, long after other Democrat prosecutors made their decisions, and right before Arizona’s primary elections. Let me be unequivocal, I am innocent of any crime, I will vigorously defend myself, and I look forward to the day when I am vindicated of this naked political persecution by the judicial process.”


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