PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Maricopa County issued a scathing rebuke Wednesday of the highly controversial and partisan audit of the 2020 election directed by leaders of Republican-controlled Senate.

The county's 93-page review found that the final report issued by the Senate's contractors in late September was littered with false and inaccurate statements about the election that former President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim that he won. 

"(W)e determined that nearly every finding included faulty analysis, inaccurate claims, misleading conclusions, and a lack of understanding of federal and state election laws," the county report said.

In total, the county found that the contractors working for the GOP-led Senate - Cyber Ninjas, CYFIR, EchoMail, and Senate liaisons - made nearly 80 false claims in its report last fall.

The county broke down the faulty claims into three different categories and found the contractors made 22 misleading statements, 41 inaccurate claims and 13 outright falsehoods.

The strong rejections shouldn't come as a surprise because the Maricopa County Elections Department has been sharply critical of the unprecedented audit and the inaccurate claims it spawned from the start in May.

But that hasn't stopped Trump supporters across the country and here in Arizona, including Senate President Karen Fann, from  spreading false information about the election and the election system in Maricopa County.

Arizona's Family anchor sat down with Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates and interviewed him about a wide range of topics, including the partisan election audit that made international headlines.

In addition, the county report also notes that 14 different allegations of voter fraud, manipulation or election tampering in Maricopa County have been shot down by the courts.

"Despite all evidence to the contrary, false allegations continue to persist and damage voter confidence," the county wrote.


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