The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office demanded that Cyber Ninjas turn over all communications it had with former President Donald Trump and his team, Arizona (and, other) Congressmen and more. The heretofore unannounced letter was attached to a new Special Action Petition filed with the Arizona Supreme Court by the Cyber Ninjas in their other public records-related lawsuits.
The request, dated November 2021 by MCAO Civil Services Division Chief Tom Liddy, was made directly to the now-former CEO of the Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan, as well as attorney Jack Wilenchik. It came shortly after the Arizona Court of Appeals had ruled that records in the Cyber Ninjas’ possession must be considered public records. (Cyber Ninjas was retained by State Senate President Karen Fann to conduct a so-called audit.)
The County sought everything relied upon by Logan when he produced the long-overdue report in September 2021. However, it also sought all communications between CNI (and any subcontractors) and
- Several State Senators
- Rep. Mark Finchem
- Several members of the U.S. Congress (including Gosar, Biggs, Gohmert, Greene, Boebert, Gaetz)
- Trump and his team (Meadows, Ellis, Giuliani, Flynn, Bannon, Lindell, Byrne, Powell, Kolodin, and Langhofer
- AZGOP Chair Kelli Ward
- Jordan Conradson/Gateway Pundit
- Christina Bobb/One America
- Others including Pulitzer, Kern, and Burk
This goes well beyond the scope of the later subpoenas issued by Congress’ January 6th Committee. Despite the differences in their scopes, they are related to the continuing efforts to undo the November 2020 election.
There are no indications the request was responded to, and attempts to get a comment from the MCAO have been unsuccessful.
The Special Action Petition filed yesterday purports to be an update of a previous one denied by the Supreme Court, although the Court is treating it as a new one. It seeks to undo the $50,000/day contempt order issued on January 6.
Chandler attorney Tom Ryan applauded the effort, telling Arizona’s Law simply, “Tom Liddy is kickass.” Liddy, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and the Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have stood up to their GOP colleagues throughout this 16-month long (and, counting) post-election process.
To read the MCAO letter to Cyber Ninjas, and the Ninjas’ latest Supreme Court filing, please go to Arizona’s Law.