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Rep. Andy Biggs claims 'we don't know' who won Arizona election during audit hearing

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Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said "we don't know" who won the 2020 election in his state despite the recent Maricopa County audit confirming President Joe Biden's victory.

Biggs, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump's election fraud claims, maintains that the Maricopa County audit's findings, while still confirming Biden's victory, leave unanswered questions about the results of last year's November general election. Biggs and Rep. Jamie Raskin got into a heated exchange on Thursday regarding which candidate won the Grand Canyon State during a House Committee for Oversight and Reform hearing.

"Who won the election in Arizona — Donald Trump or Joe Biden?" The Maryland Democrat posited to Biggs.

"We don't know," Biggs replied. "As the audit demonstrates very clearly, Mr. Raskin, there are a lot of issues with this election that took place."

MARICOPA 2020 AUDITORS 'MADE UP' NUMBERS, ELECTION ANALYSTS SAY

The Oversight Committee is chaired by Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and has two members from Arizona, Republican Reps. Paul Gosar and Biggs. A livestream of the hearing was made available to the public.

The committee interviewed Maricopa County Supervisors Jack Sellers and Bill Gates, David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, Gowri Ramachandran of the Brennan Center for Justice, and Arizona Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett. Sellers and Gates, both Republicans, were vocal critics of the Senate-led audit. During the Thursday testimony, county officials were alleged to have experienced chain of custody problems from the moment the nearly 2.1 million ballots were exchanged to the Senate for auditing purposes in April this year.

"I disagree with that," Sellers said.

But Bennett contends that out of "1,691 boxes there were some 40 boxes of errors," recounting examples such as "two boxes that were on the manifests but not present on the pallets. And then we found three boxes that were on different pallets and they were listed."

County officials also strongly resisted additional subpoenas seeking sensitive hardware from the county before the Arizona Senate and county officials came to a last-minute agreement to provide router information sought as part of the audit.

Despite the problem areas with county compliance listed by Bennett, he contended that the audit's hand recount of the 2020 election results closely aligned with the official post-election count by Maricopa County. Still, he said the county's election recount utilized 26 batches of ballots out of 10,341 total, each batch containing 200 ballots, noting "it's not even a random sample."

"It's very front-loaded, and it's not a random sample of all 10,341 batches," Bennett said.

The committee invited the audit boss and CEO of Cyber Ninjas, Doug Logan, to testify. Logan told the committee fewer than 48 hours before the hearing that he would not testify, according to a press readout from the Oversight Committee. During the hearing, Democratic members on the committee highlighted that Logan did not have prior experience auditing elections and noted how he once promoted the "Stop the Steal" on social media before the certification of the election.

The big takeaway in the report from the costly audit, which has prompted warning shots from the U.S. Justice Department over concerns about voting rights and criticisms by those who said it was conducted by a biased and poorly trained group, was the affirmation of Biden's victory in a recount that found "no substantial differences" with the county's certified totals.

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Trump had 261 fewer votes than the county's official canvass gave him, while Biden scored 99 more. According to the final report, Biden gained 360 votes in the Senate's audit hand count. The canvasses after the November election showed Biden winning the county by 45,109 votes and the state by 10,457.

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