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Cyber ​​Ninjas, the controversial Florida firm that conducted a clumsy audit of Arizona’s votes in the 2020 presidential election, a recount pushed by Donald Trump and state senators over alleged fraud without foundation, withdrew, a spokesman said.

“Cyber ​​Ninjas is closing. All employees have been fired,” Rod Thomson, spokesman for CEO Doug Logan, said in a text message Thursday night. It was unclear who, besides Logan, was involved in the company and who had made the decision to close it. LinkedIn company page indicates as few as two employees.

The news comes after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah said Wednesday he would fine Cyber ​​Ninjas $50,000 every day until he turns over documents related to his audit in response to a public records request from the Republic of Arizona, the Associated Press reported.

Cyber ​​Ninjas, who had no electoral experience prior to auditing, actually confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in Maricopa County about seven months after the recount began and in fact showed that Biden had won by a wider margin. However, it raised tough questions about the election, which were dismissed out of hand, even by a number of Republicans.

County election officials published a scathing report Wednesday, refuting almost all the claims when considering the ballot. He concluded that nearly 80 claims made by Cyber ​​Ninjas were misleading or false.

The operation was led by QAnon conspiracy acolyte Logan, who predicted months before the audit even began that “hundreds of thousands of voteswould inevitably be found for Trump. It was unclear who other than Logan was involved with the cybersecurity firm.

It was funded by hard-right supporters and other extremist conspiracy theorists, including Trump’s former national security and criminal adviser Michael Flynn, attorney Sidney Powell – who has been the subject of a $1.3 billion libel lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems – and two journalists for the right. -operation of new wing OANs.

The audit was a problem from the start.

Workers hired to look into ballots were spotted with blue pens in their hands, which are prohibited in recounts because they can change votes. Logan was apparently surprised to learn this.

One of the listeners was a former local lawmaker who was at the United States Capitol on January 6. Former state Rep. Anthony Kern’s name also appeared on the ballots he reviewed — both as a re-election candidate (he lost) and as a voter. for Trump.

The ballots were bizarrely examined for traces of bamboo in a bid to prove that the Chinese had hacked the votes. And trucks full of election data were taken to a shack in a wooded area of ​​Montana, 1,300 miles from where the votes were cast, for a secret special review.

The Washington Post reported that Trump was thrilled with Maricopa County auditand in April it asked for updates “several times a day”.

Arizona’s vote was certified on November 30, 2020 by Republican Governor Doug Ducey after several official counts found no irregularities. Biden beat Trump by 10,457 votes in the state. He beat Trump by more than 2 percentage points ― approximately 45,000 votes ― in Maricopa County. Trump continues to insist, however, that widespread voter fraud in several swing states led to his re-election loss. No such fraud has ever been observed.