An Arizona GOP official tore into the state's election recount on Fox News: 'This was not a stolen election'

Maricopa County's recorder Stephen Richer makes an appearance on Fox News Monday with host Bret Baier. Fox News
An Arizona GOP electoral officer ripped open the state's electoral exam on Fox News Monday.
The state ordered an examination of the presidential elections, alleging manipulated ballot papers.
Maricopa County's record holder Stephen Richer said the claims made by Trump and others were false.
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An Arizona GOP official broke into Maricopa County's electoral exam Monday, saying the allegations of electoral fraud that sparked the recount were baseless and compared the situation to a "borderline dystopia."
Arizona began examining the results of the presidential election for Maricopa County, home of Phoenix, in April, which President Joe Biden won with more than 45,000 votes.
Maricopa County's recorder Stephen Richer told Fox News Monday that Trump and his staff's continued claims of electoral fraud in the county were "false".
Although he would have liked them to win, they didn't, he said.
"I'm as Republican as I can get," he told Fox's Bret Baier. "There's a lot I would do for a Republican presidential candidate, but lying about the election isn't one of them."
Donald Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in Arizona at a rally over the weekend, claiming, among other things, that hundreds of thousands of ballot papers were printed on illegal paper.
Richer said of the former president's claims, "It's disappointing. It's borderline dystopian. And when the president says something like that, it's unfortunately very difficult to put the genie back in the bottle."
Republican-led efforts to test the results have been heavily criticized. State Democrats called it in April an attempt to legitimize unsubstantiated claims about election fraud.
Election officials have found only 182 potential cases of election fraud out of a possible 3 million, the Associated Press reported last week.
The company doing the audit, Cyber ​​Ninjas, has never audited before, and its founder Doug Logan has promoted pro-Trump conspiracy theories on social media.
Richer told Fox that a certain claim that a former Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington previously repeated on the program was false. Harrington had claimed the Arizona ballots were illegally cast after the deadline.
Richer said, "So that's inaccurate [...] as long as you filled it out before October 15th, it's still a valid voter and that vote should count."
He said two other baseless claims that Harrington repeated were false: "Some of those claims that we thought were like the undead have come back, I think."
"There's nothing to hide. It wasn't a stolen option," he said.
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