FBI subpoenas records of Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, state Sen. Kelly Townsend

Sen. Kelly Townsend,(left) and Arizona Senate President Karen Fann /(File photos/Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services

By Ray Stern and Mary Jo Pitzl |Arizona Republic

The FBI has issued subpoenas to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and state Sen. Kelly Townsend, compelling them to release records believed related to former President Donald Trump’s effort to stay in power after losing the 2020 election.

Fann, the longtime Republican lawmaker from Prescott who ordered the partisan review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, told The Arizona Republic the FBI issued a Freedom of Information Act request “in the form of a subpoena for my emails and communications. I’m instructed not to discuss.”

She wouldn’t confirm another report stating that the probe sought records about contacts from Trump and his team following the November 2020 election. But she added, “pretty sure everything they’ve asked for has already been foiaed numerous times over the past 18 months,” using an acronym for the information act.

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The Yellow Sheet, a political newsletter, first reported the subpoenas.


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