The New York Times reports:
President Donald J. Trump twice sought to talk on the phone with the Republican leader of Arizona’s most populous county last winter as the Trump campaign and its allies tried unsuccessfully to reverse Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s narrow victory in the state’s presidential contest, according to the Republican official and records obtained by The Arizona Republic.
But the leader, Clint Hickman, then the chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in an interview on Friday that he let the calls — made in late December and early January — go to voice mail and did not return them. “I told people, ‘Please don’t have the president call me,’” he said.
At the time, Mr. Hickman was being pressed by the state Republican Party chairwoman and Mr. Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to investigate claims of fraud in the county’s election, which Mr. Biden had won by about 45,000 votes.
USA Today reports:
While Hickman and others on the county’s board sought to instill confidence in their ballot count, state GOP chair Kelli Ward pressed them to further question it. When her efforts failed, Ward declared them “unAmerican.”Text messages and voicemails revealed multipronged attempts by Ward to halt Trump’s impending loss in Arizona.
She tried to get the supervisors “to stop the counting,” delay certifying the results and to look into whether voting software added votes for Democrats. Her attempts continued as Trump’s legal challenges fell short across the country. After Hickman pressed for specifics, Ward responded, “We need you to stop the counting.”
“I had seen what occurred in Georgia and I was like, ‘I want no part of this madness and the only way I enter into this is I call the president back.”https://t.co/oHCADzCB7x
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) July 3, 2021
Trump tried calling AZ officials to get them to stop counting, but they didn’t pick up.
“This is the White House operator I was calling to let you know that the president’s available to take your call if you’re free,” the voicemail said. “Please give us a call back, sir.” https://t.co/FbMAxfAFHt
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) July 2, 2021
here’s the leaked voicemail from Trump allies asking Maricopa County supervisors to stop counting ballotspic.twitter.com/ZlfMWtb2XN
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) July 2, 2021
New records reveal the behind-the scenes efforts by Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and state GOP Chair Kelli Ward to pressure Maricopa County supervisors.
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) July 3, 2021
I said this ⬇️⬇️ to @kelliwardaz the day of the insurrection. Today we found out that she was trying to stop the legitimate transfer of power for months. Kelli I said it then and I say it again Fuck You democracy will not die! https://t.co/tvRrYHZY1w
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) July 2, 2021