GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona on Thursday pushed Maricopa County officials for answers as to why files were deleted from election servers prior to them being turned over to auditors.
At an Arizona Senate hearing last month, cybersecurity expert and audit team member Ben Cotton testified that the county failed to preserve multiple election-related files and logs.
During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing in Washington, Biggs first asked audit liaison Ken Bennett whether it is standard practice to delete files from a server after an election.
Bennett, Arizona’s secretary of state from 2009 to 2015, responded, “I hope not.”
Biggs then turned to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors member Bill Gates and asked if he agreed.