Democrats on the Home Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday launched a probe into Florida-based cybersecurity agency Cyber Ninjas, a personal firm employed by the Arizona Senate to supervise an impartial full audit of ballots forged in Maricopa County, Arizona, within the 2020 election.
Home Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin, (D-Md.) mentioned they’re probing whether or not the corporate is working to “reverse the results of a free and honest election for partisan acquire.”
In a letter (pdf) to the Cyber Ninja’s CEO Douglas Logan, the pair requested for paperwork associated to the audit of Arizona’s most populous county, together with details about how it’s being funded. They’re additionally asking for any and all communications between the cybersecurity agency and former President Donald Trump or his allies.
“Individuals’ proper to vote is protected by the Structure and is the cornerstone of our democratic system of presidency,” Maloney and Raskin wrote.
“The Committee is in search of to find out whether or not the privately funded audit carried out by your organization in Arizona protects the fitting to vote or is as a substitute an effort to advertise baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the results of a free and honest election for partisan acquire,” they added.
The Democrats expressed concern over Cyber Ninjas’ participation within the audit, noting its “obvious lack of expertise in conducting election-related audits,” citing press experiences from CBS Information, the Slate, and The Washington Submit that the corporate engaged in “sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting tools.”
One of many press reports had cited solely the opinions of a neighborhood Democrat politician and a safety professional, each of whom shaped their conclusions based mostly on a video ready by a neighborhood information channel, as proof for his or her feedback about the audit.
Maloney and Raskin additionally referred to plenty of extra press experiences describing sloppy work practices and mismanagement by Cyber Ninjas, together with that ultraviolet gentle that might doubtlessly injury the ballots have been use for inspection by contractors.
Such experiences “increase severe questions on your skill to guide neutral work associated to the election,” the lawmakers mentioned.
“The Committee is especially involved that your organization’s actions may undermine the integrity of federal elections and intrude with Individuals’ constitutional proper to forged their poll freely and to have their votes counted with out partisan interference,” they wrote.
Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican serving because the audit’s liaison, has denied the characterizations of the audit proceedings.
The Democrats requested Logan at hand over the requested info by July 28.
Cyber Ninjas and representatives for the Arizona audit didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark by The Epoch Occasions.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, on July 13 additionally defended Cyber Ninjas.
“I’m assured as a result of it’s not simply them,” Fann mentioned, referring to the group of personal corporations being led by Cyber Ninjas within the audit. “All people retains simply relying on them, when truly, they’re working with plenty of different contractors which have expertise in audits and of their experience in their very own fields … This can be a joint effort.”
Fann beforehand informed The Epoch Occasions that senators had been informed by Cyber Ninjas that the auditors would report on the whole value of the operation after the audit is full and that they’d adjust to federal reporting necessities.