(PatriotWise.com) — Arizona Republicans were forced to distance themselves from testimony made during a hearing in the Arizona State Senate last week, after a witness accused some Arizona elected officials, including now-Governor Katie Hobbs of taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel to rig elections, according to the Associated Press.
Jacqueline Breger, a Scottsdale insurance agent, was invited to testify in a Senate Elections Committee hearing on alleged election fraud where she made the unsubstantiated claim that the Sinaloa cartel had bribed Katie Hobbs, two members of the Arizona congressional delegation, three Maricopa County supervisors, state House Speaker Ben Toma, and several other judges and state officials to rig Arizona’s elections.
Throughout her 45-minute testimony, Breger attributed her allegations to a man named John Thaler, whom she described as an attorney with a background in fraud investigations.
According to the Associated Press, Thaler has a history of filing frivolous lawsuits where he accuses people of various conspiracies. Last year, a federal judge who dismissed one of Thaler’s lawsuits described his complaint as “a delusional and fantastical narrative.”
But that didn’t stop some on social media from believing Breger’s allegations. By Sunday, the hashtag #ArrestKatieHobbs was trending on Twitter.
Breger’s unfounded allegations were so defamatory that even noted election fraud proponent Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers, the chair of the Elections Committee, was forced to distance herself from them.
On Sunday, Rogers released a statement saying that Breger’s allegations were so serious that they should have been turned over to law enforcement not “brought before the Legislature.” Rogers said the hearing was “not the proper venue” for Breger to discuss potential “criminal activity.”
Arizona Senate President Warren Peterson said on Monday that nobody on the committee knew in advance what Breger was going to allege. He laid the blame at the feet of Arizona State Rep. Liz Harris who invited Breger to testify before the Senate committee.
House Speaker Ben Toma, one of the myriad of officials Breger accused of taking the supposed cartel bribes, blasted Rep. Harris in a statement.
Calling Breger’s allegations “unsubstantiated and defamatory,” Toma said Harris turned what should have been a joint hearing on election reform into a “disgraceful fringe theater.”
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