"Right before I came on here, the board of supervisors received another subpoena from the state Senate ordering us to turn over the routers, in addition to some other information. And they threaten us in these papers that if we do not turn those over by Aug. 2 — so that’s next Monday — then we could be held in contempt," he said.
Images of the subpoena, which consists of a call for the routers or "virtual images of the same" as well as the public IP of each router as part of a larger order for election-related materials, were later given on social media by local reporters.
Members of the review team testified before the Arizona Senate earlier this month about information and materials they said they need to finish their investigation.
CyFIR founder Ben Cotton stated it is "critically important" to secure routers kept by the county, maintaining they would help explain specific vulnerabilities he insisted existed in Maricopa's digital election system. Cotton also said the county hasn't updated the antivirus software on the election management system since "August of 2019."
Maricopa County officials, who have opposed following all the demands of the Arizona Senate and auditors, have countered the push for router access, including a previous subpoena demanding "access or control" of them earlier this year.
Maricopa County officials, who met the Arizona Senate's audit in court until a judge determined its subpoenas were "legal and enforceable," previously permitted two election machine audits that revealed no holes in the county's 2020 election. There was also a recount of a sample of ballots that did not offer any obstacles.
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel claimed providing the county's routers "could jeopardize the security of law enforcement data," repeating claims by Democratic Sheriff Paul Penzone. County officials have said other kinds of data, including health data and Social Security numbers, would also be set at risk.
The state Senate previously considered holding members of the county's board of supervisors in disgrace in February over election-related materials, but the attempt was blocked by one vote when Sen. Paul Boyer, a Republican from the Phoenix suburbs, broke ranks and joined Democrats in rejecting it. The move could have settled county officials behind bars.
"Boyer has been nothing but trouble, and nobody knows why," Trump said on July 22. "All we demand is Voter Integrity!"