After Democrats refused to fund $1 million bond for the forensic audit of Arizona's presidential election results, former President Donald Trump is calling on GOP Gov. Doug Ducey to provide security.
"The Republican Party is demanding that Gov. Ducey of Arizona immediately provide large-scale security for the brave American Patriots doing the Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump wrote in a statement Saturday morning from his Save American PAC. "Gov. Ducey will be held fully responsible for the safety of those involved.
"State police or National Guard must be immediately sent out for protection. The Democrats do not want to have this information revealed, and they will do anything to stop it. Gov. Ducey must finally act!"
The audit will move forward after Democrats decided not to put up a $1 million bond to fund any increase in costs from the delay.
That price tag was too steep, Democrats said, letting the audit continue in Maricopa County — home to Arizona's largest city, Phoenix — while leaving in place the judge's orders the Arizona Senate and its auditors follow state law on ballot secrecy and voter privacy as they do a hand recount of 2.1 million ballots.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury ordered the Senate auditors to produce their training materials and policies before a Monday hearing.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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