PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Republicans scheduled a meeting Monday at a downtown hotel in Phoenix to discuss the Nov. 3 election and the defeat of President Donald Trump.
The event was reported as a “fact-finding hearing” attended by members of Trump’s legal team and members of the Arizona legislature, but top leaders of Republican-controlled legislation told the Associated Press that the planned gathering was an unofficial legislative event.
R-Oro-Valley Secretary of State Mark Finchem said in a press release that the purpose of the gathering was “to hear testimony and see evidence of election compromise allegations in the 2020 elections.”
A similar event was held on Wednesday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
There were no fraud or hacking of voting machines during the Arizona election.
Five objections have been filed with the Maricopa County Supreme Court in Phoenix since November 3, and four of them have been dismissed. The fifth initial hearing is scheduled for Monday, the same day as the hotel event and the state election at the State Capitol.
Trump supporters using social media to publicize the Arizona event included GOP state president Kelli Ward and U.S. representative Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. “I’ll be there,” Gosar said on Twitter.
It was unclear whether the Trump attorneys would be present in Phoenix or speaking remotely to the gathering.
Republican Governor Doug Ducey acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden won Arizona.
The Arizona legislature is not in session, and Senate President Karen Fann said neither he nor Speaker Rusty Bowers allowed other Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing in the Capitol about the election.
“So they found a site outside the site to keep it,” Fann said.
The planned gathering received contempt from some Democrats.
“You can also organize a ship parade, and I might call it a legislative trial. This unpunished, unofficial circus show will have no effect or impact on @ JoeBiden’s Arizona victory.