MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer took a preemptive swipe against a report on the partisan election audit that could be released as early as next week.

In what he called an open letter to Arizona Republicans, the county's top election official said his party needs to come to grips that former President Donald Trump lost the election fair and square.

Richer also questioned the Cyber Ninjas' credibility, the Florida-based business hired by the GOP-led Senate to conduct the audit funded partly with taxpayer money.

"Whatever is in that report, don't be surprised if some of that gets walked back a few weeks later," Richer said Friday during a taping of Arizona Family's Politics Unplugged.

Katie Hobbs: Senate's election audit 'failed to meet basic standards'

His letter dropped on the same day Secretary of Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, released her own report that described the audit as filled with "security lapses, delays, disorganization, and lack of transparency." In response, Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican from Prescott, said the two reports show how worried Richer and Hobbs are about the findings in the upcoming audit report.

"Once again, this shows they are concerned about what might be revealed on the report, and they are trying to preemptively set the stage to justify any wrongdoings the report might show," Fann said in a text message.


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