Former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has his name on one of the most egregiously bad decisions in the dismal history of the Roberts Court. Appropriately enough, on his way out the door he wasted an enormous amount of staff time and money investigating frivolous voter fraud claims, and then buried the report when it didn’t show what he wanted it to show, introducing a bullshit one instead:
Nearly a year after the 2020 election, Arizona’s then-attorney general, Mark Brnovich, launched an investigation into voting in the state’s largest county that quickly consumed more than 10,000 hours of his staff’s time.
Investigators prepared a report in March 2022 stating that virtually all claims of error and malfeasance were unfounded, according to internal documents reviewed by The Washington Post. Brnovich, a Republican, kept it private.
In April, the attorney general — who was running in the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat —released an “Interim Report” claiming that his office had discovered “serious vulnerabilities.” He left out edits from his own investigators refuting his assertions.
His office then compiled an “Election Review Summary” in September that systematically refuted accusations of widespread fraud and made clear that none of the complaining parties — from state lawmakers to self-styled “election integrity” groups — had presented any evidence to support their claims. Brnovich left office last month without releasing the summary.
And after all of this Brnovich finished a distant third because he’s still not kooky enough to win a more visible Republican primary, the only good thing to come out of this.