Chairman of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates Responds to Kelly Townsend’s Legislative Subpoena, Says Requested Information Will Come ‘Promptly’

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Chairman Bill Gates released his response to a subpoena submitted by State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) Sunday, which demanded information about the 2022 General Election. Gates insisted that the subpoena was not enforceable but is still allegedly committed to providing the requested information.

“To reiterate, although the Document does not meet the legal requirements of an enforceable legislative subpoena, the Board is committed to transparency in this election. We are reviewing your requests and collecting information which we will promptly provide to you,” said Gates.

Fields Moseley, Communications Director for Maricopa County, told the Arizona Sun Times that there is currently no estimation for when those documents will be delivered, but staff will have more time to prepare them following the election canvass.

Townsend requested 31 items from the Maricopa County Supervisor’s Office at 11 am on Wednesday, all relating to the 2022 General Election. She asked for all the material in writing to be submitted to her office before 9:30 am on Monday.

However, Gates said this time limit is one reason the subpoena is not enforceable under the law. Under Arizona Revised Stature (ARS) § 41-1154, a person who receives a legislative subpoena must produce the requested materials “upon reasonable notice.” Gates stated that Maricopa County was closed for Thanksgiving and the subsequent Friday and weekend and, therefore, only had less than a full business day to produce the information, which he argued was “not a reasonable time to respond.”

Yet, Gates released a statement to reporters on Monday before the county BOS met to certify the election. In this statement, he mentioned the county’s team working through the weekend to provide the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) with a response to its letter, which also requested information regarding the election.

Moseley told The Sun Times that the AGO’s letter response was already in progress before Townsend submitted her subpoena. The county sought to finish it first and provide Townsend with any overlapping answers.

Furthermore, Gates said some of the items and deliverance of those items requested in Townsend’s subpoena invalidate its legality. ARS § 41-1151 states that a legislative subpoena is “sufficient” if it requires the subject to appear in a proceeding before the state Senate, House, or a committee. Gates argued that demanding the records be delivered to Townsend’s office does not comply with this law. Additionally, the laws above state that a legislative subpoena may include two types of requests, testimony at a proceeding or any ” material and relevant books, papers, or documents” the subject has under their possession. Gates stated that numerous requests did not fall into either category and were inappropriate to include in the document.

Gates acknowledged that the county had released its response to the AGO’s letter, which he stated contained information relating to 11 of the 31 requests.

Townsend tweeted Monday that she looks forward to receiving the requested information but disagrees with the assessment of the subpoena’s legality.

As for Maricopa County’s response to the AGO, in short, it asserted issues seen on Election Day were “regrettable” but did not violate state or federal laws.

The Arizona Republican Party tweeted that the response was the equivalent of telling anyone who wants answers to Election Day questions to “go pound sand.”

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Neil Jones is a reporter for The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Neil on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Kelly Townsend” by ArizonaSage. CC BY-SA 4.0. Photo “Bill Gates” by Maricopa County. Background Photo “Courtroom” by Clyde Robinson. CC BY 2.0.


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  1. tommy

    THIS is NOTE Worthy due to “ The Right of Standing “ to Challenge the Certification of the General Election Results of the Arizona 2022 Elections !

    Bill Gates said that ONLY 2 % of Votes could be Audited in 2020 election audit , which was a LIE !

    By what is said here a person can argue Bill Gates was worried He would have LOST if more of the Votes he controlled were Audited !

    In the audio recording of a March conversation between Chucri and Busch, published by the Gateway Pundit, Chucri admits his colleagues, Supervisors Bill Gates and Jack Sellers feared an audit would show that they did not win their races.

    While Chucri claimed that he believed the County could only audit two percent of the vote, it was fairly well-known that supervisors could order, by law, any type of audit of the election. In fact, he admitted that he had been told that by Congressman Andy Biggs and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

    “I should’ve listened to Andy Biggs and I think even Brnovich said you could do 30 percent, you could do 60 percent,” claimed Chucri. “They went and screwed up there because I didn’t know about it until it was too late.”

    This explains the reason why Bill Gates started Pro-Democracy Republican PAC and Targeted MAGA Election Deniers wanting to Audit elections !!