Republicans meet on November 3rd election, Trump defeat

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Republicans scheduled a meeting on Monday at a hotel in downtown Phoenix to discuss the November 3rd election and the defeat of President Donald Trump.

The event was billed as a “fact-finding hearing” attended by members of Trump’s legal team and members of the Arizona legislature. Leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature told The Associated Press that the proposed meeting was not an official legislative event.

According to a press release from R-Oro-Valley MP Mark Finchem, the gathering is expected to “hear testimony and display evidence related to allegations of compromise in connection with the 2020 elections”.

A similar event was held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

No evidence of voting machine fraud or hacking has emerged in these Arizona elections.

As of November 3, five lawsuits have been filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, four of which have been dismissed. A first hearing on the fifth is scheduled for Monday, the same day as the hotel event and state election at the State Capitol.

Trump supporters who used social media to publicize the event in Arizona included GOP Chair Kelli Ward and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. “I’ll be there,” Gosar said on Twitter.

It wasn’t clear whether the Trump attorneys would be present in Phoenix or address the gathering remotely.

On Tuesday, Republican Governor Doug Ducey first admitted that President-elect Joe Biden Arizona won.

The Arizona legislature is not in session, and Senate President Karen Fann said neither she nor House Speaker Rusty Bowers has authorized other Republican lawmakers to hold an election hearing at the Capitol.

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“So they found a location off-site to hold on to,” said Fann.

The proposed meeting was despised by some Democrats.

“Could also have a boat parade and call it a legislative hearing. This unapproved unofficial circus show will not affect @JoeBiden’s win in Arizona, ”the Arizona House Democratic caucus said on its Twitter feed.

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