Investigations Into Election Fraud Find Results

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced on Wednesday that a probe into Wisconsin’s 2020 election would be halted, due to various legal disputes.

The Big Guns Are Investigating

Last year, Vos, a Republican, hired retired Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to investigate the results of the election and claims of fraud. Since its commencement, the inquiry has been the subject of at least five challenges.

“It isn’t like we’re planning to continue digging into stuff we’ve already found,” Vos told the local media on Wednesday, noting that many lawsuits must be resolved first.

The speaker also informed the local press that his office has already been “conducting an investigation for about a year” and “once we have the subpoena served, we will possibly reopen the probe.”

Two open records cases filed by the government advocacy organization, American Oversight, resulted in a March 2022 judgment by Dane County Judge Frank Remington, directing Gableman to reveal 700 pages of papers forthwith.

Gableman’s power as an inspector to compel evidence from municipal authorities and elections authorities in the county is the subject of three other cases.

It comes after he filed summons against the president of the Wisconsin Electoral Commission and the mayor of many major cities.

Although American Oversight claims to be impartial, its website indicates it mostly targets Republicans, as well as former President Donald Trump, along with a recent audit of Maricopa County, AZ.

Gableman’s lawyer, James Bopp, informed the Wisconsin Examiner in March that the release of records requested in the lawsuits had to be halted. This was needed to avoid the reveal of the identities of anyone under investigation, including poll workers.

It’s Not Over Yet

Bopp said from the time, “They will have months to discredit that inquiry, to threaten people in those places.”

“I mean, consider the force that can be used against a single person. Because of the authority that can be used to silence people and prohibit them from discussing investigations, we protect whistleblowers.”

“They’d have had months to prepare. He eventually served them with subpoenas. They may have deleted records or done a variety of other things to obstruct the investigation. This is the risk. That is the risk of a premature release.”

Gableman’s election assessment has been slammed by Democrats and local media sources in Wisconsin as “biased.”

“This may now stretch on until 2023.” State Rep. Mark Spreitzer, a liberal, told WKOW that fighting cases take time.

“It’ll take months, if not a year, because Robin Vos & Mike Gableman refuse to conduct interviews in broad daylight in front of the public.”

While the probe is paused, Vos said Wednesday that Gableman’s compensation will be cut in half.

Meanwhile, Gableman’s term was renewed by Republican leaders in the state legislature.