Defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) has deleted the tweets in which she claimed that the judge who dismissed her election challenge had committed integrity violations.
The tweet was originally posted early on Monday morning and suggested that the founding partner of a law firm representing Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs (D) had sent Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson an email detailing what he would need to say in the dismissal of the case.
The tweet read “The Dismissal of Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit Shows Voter Disenfranchisement No Longer Matters @Rach_IC:” Legal experts believe his decision [by Judge Thompson] was ghostwritten, they suspect top left-wing attorneys like Marc Elias emailed him what to say.”
Both Maricopa County and Hobbs, have cited the tweet as a reason for sanctions to be imposed on Lake and her attorneys and they have argued that Lake’s claims are harming the electoral process and even constitute harassment.
Lake’s campaign has said that the post “simply retweeted” Rachel Alexander’s opinion article published on the conservative website Townhall. However, the article does not note that the judge committed impropriety nor were any such allegations or evidence to support that claim present in the article.
Lake’s campaign wrote to the judge that “Tweets, especially those authored by others, do not support sanctions under Arizona law.” Lake’s campaign wrote to the judge.
Progressive election law firm Elias Law Group, founded by Marc Elias, represents Hobbs in the case brought forth by Lake in her capacity as governor-elect. Elias took to Twitter to say that “I’ve had a lot of lies told about me today–more than usual.”