Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday launched a probe into Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, a private company hired by the Arizona Senate to oversee an independent full audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the 2020 election.

House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N. Y.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin, (D-Md.) said they are probing whether the company is working to “reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain.”

In a letter (pdf) to the Cyber Ninja’s CEO Douglas Logan, the pair asked for documents related to the audit of Arizona’s most populous county, including information about how it is being funded. They are also asking for any and all communications between the cybersecurity firm and former President Donald Trump or his allies.

“Americans’ right to vote is protected by the Constitution and is the cornerstone of our democratic system of government,” Maloney and Raskin wrote.

“The Committee is seeking to determine whether the privately funded audit conducted by your company in Arizona protects the right to vote or is instead an effort to promote baseless conspiracy theories, undermine confidence in America’s elections, and reverse the result of a free and fair election for partisan gain,” they added.

The Democrats expressed concern over Cyber Ninjas’ participation in the audit, noting its “apparent lack of experience in conducting election-related audits,” citing press reports from CBS News, the Slate, and The Washington Post that the company engaged in “sloppy and insecure audit practices that compromised the integrity of ballots and voting equipment.”

One of the press reports had cited only the opinions of a local Democrat politician and a security expert, both of whom formed their c… (Read more)