Upon examination of the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the November election, the Maricopa County audit team discovered last week that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” had been deleted days before county election officials were scheduled to hand over the election equipment for forensic review. They posted the following tweet to break the news saying that this was “spoliation of evidence.”
(I posted on this story here.)
The screenshot below shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.
Breaking Update: Maricopa County deleted a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle days before the election equipment was delivered to the audit. This is spoliation of evidence! pic.twitter.com/mY0fmmFXAm
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) May 13, 2021
However, in a Tuesday hearing before the Arizona state Senate, Ben Cotton, the founder of CyFir, one of the companies hired by the Senate to conduct the forensic audit, announced his team had been able to recover the missing files.
“A Master File Table, very simply put, is a record of all of the directories in the files that are contained in that partition … and a pointer to where that data resides on the hard drive. In the course of performing that MFT discovery, I discovered an MFT that clearly indicated that the database directory was deleted from that server,” Cotton said. “However, all of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data.”
This is excellent news.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been tireless in their efforts to first prevent the forensic audit and failing that, to stop the audit.
After the news broke last week that the files had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate wrote a letter to the MCBOS, whom she had called to answer questions before the Senate on Tuesday.
Upon receipt of Fann’s letter, the Supervisors held an emergency meeting to coordinate strategy. They decided upon writing a 14-page letter to Fann in which they categorically deny they deleted the files and that they find those charges to be insulting. Their letter, dated May 17, however, was not sent to Fann on Monday, but to the press, proving it to be the publicity stunt that it was.
They also announced their refusal to attend the Senate meeting on Tuesday.
The dutiful press has sprung into action to help the Supervisors implement their plan. Local media outlet KTAR News immediately published a story entitled, “Arizona auditors confirm no Maricopa County election databases were deleted.”
Obviously, the KTAR headline is false. The auditors confirmed that the files had been deleted and then recovered.
This is purely conjecture on my part, but I’d be willing to bet that the MCBOS is operating on the advice of the Democratic Party which has been working to derail this audit for months. The Biden DOJ has recently involved itself in the push to stop the audit.
As I see it, Democrats are well aware that the auditors will find evidence of fraud, and resigned to that inevitability, they are going to accuse the Republican-controlled Senate and their audit team of fraud. MCBOS are currently setting up the foundation of this simple but highly effective defensive technique.
(Note: Although the MCBOS have a Republican majority, they are working in tandem with the state’s Democratic Party to derail this audit.)
Democrats have relied on this tried and tested method for years.
- Deny all wrongdoing.
- Accuse your opponent of doing what you have done.
MCBOS hope to create so much doubt and confusion that in the end, there will be no consequences. Fraud is extremely difficult to prove and even if it is proven, finding the culprit may be impossible. (Unless, of course, the auditors come up with some definitive, indisputable proof.)
Although many have used this simple strategy, its origins are not precisely known. It’s been attributed to Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and to the late community organizer Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx is quoted as saying, “Accuse Your Enemy Of What You Are Doing, As You Are Doing It To Create Confusion.” Some even believe the source may have been Machiavelli. The truth is it’s probably been used forever in one form or another and it remains relevant because it works.
The audit has been put on hold for the week because the facility where it’s being conducted was needed for graduation ceremonies. The work will start up again next Monday.
According to Audit Director Ken Bennett, approximately 25 percent of the ballots have been reviewed so far. Last week, the Arizona Senate was reported to have extended their lease of the venue through the end of June. Insiders have remained quiet about what auditors have uncovered so far.
But the collective Democratic tantrum over this audit speaks volumes.