FBI subpoenas two Arizona state lawmakers in Jan. 6 investigation

July 2 (UPI) — The FBI has subpoenaed two Arizona state lawmakers in its investigation into the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Senator Kelly Townsend of the Republican Party told The Arizona Republic that the FBI issued subpoenas to them. Fann added that the FBI issued a Freedom of Information Act request “in the form of a subpoena for my emails and communications,” but like Townsend, did not comment further.

Kim Quintero, spokesperson for Senate Republicans in Arizona, also confirmed to The Washington Post that Fann and Townsend received subpoenas last week.

Quintero added that the subpoenas for the two were identical and that they are complying with the request.

“They’re asking for texts and emails from a list of people, whose identities I can’t divulge, because they told us not to tell the media about it,” she said.

The Yellow Sheet Report, a policy advice sheet for the Arizona Capitol, first reported on the subpoenas.

The subpoenas came amid federal agents expanding their investigation into the insurgency to include the use of disabled voters in some battleground states in a failed effort to overturn actual 2020 election results in favor of President Joe Biden.

Townsend was among Republican lawmakers who pushed for an alternative list of voters more favorable to then-President Donald Trump of Arizona for the 2020 election despite his defeat, the Post reported.

“As chairman of the election committee, we were trying to hold a committee and conduct investigations,” Townsend told the Post. “Because it was at issue, we wanted to have an alternative list in case a fraud was uncovered and found.”

Despite Joe Biden’s election victory in Arizona, Fann hired Florida-based Cyber ​​Ninjas, a tech company run by a Trump supporter that has brought charges of conspiracy involving the 2020 presidential election, to run a a manual recount of nearly 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County, Arizona, which again found Biden had won.