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Pennsylvania attorney general sues GOP to stop election subpoena

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued on Thursday to block a Republican-backed subpoena to state election officials in what the GOP calls a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 presidential election.

Shapiro, a Democrat, asked the state's Commonwealth Court to block the subpoena, arguing that it serves no legitimate legislative purpose and that it stems from former President Donald Trump's efforts to allege widespread fraud foiled his reelection bid during last year's general election.

"I just sued to stop Pennsylvania Republicans from subpoenaing the personal identification information of nine million Pennsylvanians," Shapiro tweeted on Thursday, calling the Republican's audit efforts "a sham" and alluding to his Sept. 15 pledge to "do everything within our power to protect Pennsylvanians' personal data.”

PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICANS LOOK TO SUBPOENA PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT VOTERS IN 2020 ELECTION INQUIRY

The 76-page lawsuit targets information requests in the subpoena, which Shapiro says are illegal or unconstitutional. The suit also seeks to block Republicans' request for copies of reports from audits and reviews of Pennsylvania's voter registration since 2018, according to the Associated Press.

The subpoena, sought by the state Senate's Intergovernmental Operations Committee, is requesting nonpublic personal information on every registered Pennsylvania voter, such as the last four digits of Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, as well as names and dates of birth.

State Sen. Cris Dush, the committee's chairman, has said the voter information is necessary to investigate unverified allegations that voters were registered as living in a condemned building.

Shapiro and Democrats in the state Senate strongly disagree with the Republicans' assertions, and the state Democratic Party also sued on Sept. 17 to block the subpoena and other efforts for an election audit.

Republicans argue the subpoena is not about Trump's efforts to challenge the election results in that state, saying their goal is to exercise legislative power to oversee executive branch functions. In response to Shapiro's lawsuit, Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman claimed the attorney general "wants to stop us from performing our constitutional duty of providing oversight of the executive branch."

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President Joe Biden defeated Trump in Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes in the 2020 election.

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