Gableman issues first apparent subpoenas in Wisconsin election review | Local government
“Ensuring that the 2020 elections were held in a fair and legal manner is of critical importance to maintaining confidence in our electoral system,” Vos said in a statement. “Judge Gableman is dedicated to seeking the truth and has determined that subpoenas are necessary to advance his investigation. Assembly Republicans will continue to work with Judge Gableman to ensure that confidence is fully restored in our elections. “
The entire review, along with the subpoenas, has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers.
“By issuing these subpoenas, it is now clear that President Vos is using all the powers at his disposal to appease far-right extremists,” said Representative Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, the leading member of the Assembly committee overseeing the review.
Last month, Republicans in the Legislature approved $ 680,000 in taxpayer dollars to fund the review. GOP lawmakers and Gableman also continued to send the message that the review is not driven by “political priorities,” although the investigation has no Democrats’ backing.
After serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 2008 to 2018, Gableman was chosen by Vos to lead the investigation in June.
While awaiting approval of funds for the investigation, the former judge traveled to observe the Arizona election review and attended a symposium hosted by MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell.