The Wisconsin Republican made his most public move on Monday leading the state’s partisan investigation into the 2020 election results, warning election clerks if they do not cooperate and defending the investigation’s legitimacy, declaring that If they are not seeking reversal, they will have to face summons. President Biden’s victory in the state.
“We are not challenging the results of the 2020 election,” argued Michael Gableman, a conservative former state Supreme Court judge overseeing the investigation. A video posted on YouTube. “The investigation may include a vigorous and comprehensive audit if the discovered facts justify such action,” he said.
The five-minute video released by Mr Gableman was shot by Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly Robin Voss as former President Donald J. It comes nearly three months after Trump looked into false claims that the state election was stolen from him.
Trump aides elsewhere have gone to great lengths to undermine Mr Biden’s victory as Republicans continue to re-examine the 2020 results in Wisconsin. Arizona Republicans near the end of a month-long review of ballots in Maricopa County; Pennsylvania Republicans last week approved subpoenas for driving licenses and partial Social Security numbers for every voter in the state; And this month 18 states, including Texas, have passed laws adding new voting restrictions this year.
In recent weeks, Trump-allied conservatives in Wisconsin have shown public dismay at the speed and transparency of Mr. This month, a group led by David A. Clark Jr., a former Milwaukee County sheriff who has been a prime bearer of false claims about the election, Held a rally at the State Capitol in Madison Opposing this was argued by Mr. Gableman and state Republican leaders of insufficient dedication to challenge the 2020 results.
Mr Gableman said on Monday that his investigation would require municipal officials governing Wisconsin’s elections to prove that the voting took place properly. He said the local clerks would have to comply with any summons issued by them.
Election clerks in Milwaukee and Green Bay ignored previous summons issued by the Republican chairman of the Assembly’s Elections Committee for ballots and voting machines. Mr. Vos had refused to accept those summons.
“The responsibility to demonstrate that our elections were conducted with fairness, inclusivity and accountability rests on the government and private, for-profit interests who worked for the government,” Mr. Gableman said. “The burden is not on the people to show before the investigation that the government officials and their contractors have committed dishonesty.”
Mr Gableman said he did not plan to release the information to the public on a regular time frame, but would do so when he felt appropriate.
“My job as special counsel is to gather all relevant information and, while I will draw my conclusions, my goal is to keep everything I know and everything I put before you, citizen, so that you can make up your mind.” , ” he said.
The chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, Ben Wickler, said the Gableman video was proof that the state’s Republicans were at odds with each other about how far the election investigation should go.
“Robin Vos and his far-right ‘investigator’ Michael Gableman are clearly upset that the most extreme fringes don’t think they’re going far enough to entertain conspiracy theories,” Mr Wickler said. “They’re wasting taxpayer money to serve the political interests of a small group of Republican insiders who want to erode freedom to vote. It’s a sham, a waste of time and money, and it’s our Damaging democracy.”