Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) on Tuesday “referred a matter to the Cochise County Attorney to investigate and take any appropriate actions (civil and criminal) regarding the Arizona Secretary of State taking down the online E-Qual system.”
The move came after Secretary of State Katie Hobbs ignored prior warnings from Attorney General Mark Brnovich that it would be illegal for her to shut down part of the E-Qual system where candidates can gather signatures online for their nominating petitions.
Brnovich sent Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre a letter, asking him to to see if any laws were broken. He told McIntyre that he gets to operate “independently of the attorney general’s office in determining what actions are appropriate to resolve this matter.”
During an interview on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” Thursday, Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem, who is running for Secretary of State in Arizona, weighed in over the matter, suggesting that Hobbs “committed a crime”.
“Basically [Brnovich] is calling [Hobbs] out for is a memo from January 16 … where he explicitly told her, ‘If you take the online petition gathering tool that is required by law’ — mandated by law — ‘If you take that down before the end of the collection period, you are committing a class 6 felony or class 3 misdemeanor’, depending upon the facts and circumstances,” Finchem explained.