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Phoenix, Ariz. December 16, 2021– Today, nonpartisan watchdog group American Oversight issued a deposition notice for Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, directing him to answer questions under oath about the company’s failure to release records from the Arizona Senate’s partisan election review.
The move comes hours after the court granted a request to formally add Cyber Ninjas — the Arizona Senate’s lead contractor tasked with completing the “audit” — to American Oversight’s ongoing lawsuit against the Senate seeking the release of public records from the election investigation.
At issue are documents from the election review held by Cyber Ninjas that the company has refused to return to the Senate to be released to American Oversight. Multiple courts have ruled that the records held by Cyber Ninjas are public records that are subject to release. Despite these orders, the Senate has maintained that it has been unable to compel Cyber Ninjas to comply.
“The Senate has made every effort to keep the public’s eyes off the inner workings of its sham election investigation,” said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight. “By getting answers directly from Doug Logan and bringing Cyber Ninjas into this lawsuit, we hope to finally put a stop to these shell games.”
On Thursday, the court granted a joint motion for joinder filed by American Oversight and the Arizona Senate and formally added Cyber Ninjas to the lawsuit as a real party in interest. That status allows the court to potentially issue orders directly to Cyber Ninjas, instructing them to comply with public records laws.
Through its public records requests and litigation, American Oversight has already uncovered more than 100,000 pages of documents related to the investigation, including records showing frequent communication with “Big Lie” activists, information about the election review’s funding, and connections with other anti-democratic election inquiries around the country.
American Oversight first sued the Arizona Senate in May. Despite repeated court victories ordering the release of documents, much is still unknown about how and why the election review was conducted.
American Oversight will continue to pursue oversight of the Arizona Senate’s investigation and other partisan efforts aimed at pushing false narratives about election fraud. Follow the investigation of the “audit” here.
For more breaking news updates, follow American Oversight on Twitter @weareoversight. More information about the watchdog’s ongoing investigations in Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, is available at AmericanOversight.org
American Oversight is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit ethics watchdog that uses public records requests backed by litigation to expose official misconduct, threats to democracy, and abuses of power at all levels of government. Documents obtained by American Oversight have supported investigative work by journalists, congressional committees, and independent watchdogs, and have been featured in hundreds of news reports across the country. Follow us at @weareoversight and learn more at http://www.americanoversight.org.