The top Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said Friday that his office is expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, adding that more investigations are warranted.
House Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, signed contracts with several retired law enforcement officials and a former judge, although two of three quit in recent days, he confirmed in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.
Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman was designated by Vos as his “special counsel” to investigate fraud allegations.
“To restore full integrity and trust in elections, we have decided to change direction, giving more authority and independence to Justice Gableman,” he said in a statement on Friday. “I am declaring him Special Counsel and am giving him the authority to hire more full-time investigators who will work at his direction.”
Gableman, Vos said, told him that a more thorough effort was needed with investigators who could work full-time and possibly several hundred thousand dollars for a budget.
“If he thinks he needs one person, great,” Vos told AP of Gableman’s requirements. “If he thinks he needs half a dozen, great.”
The speaker didn’t set a timetable for the completion of the investigation but mentioned to AP that he hoped it would be finished by the fall. Another election review commissioned by the Legislative Audit Bureau, which was ordered by the Wisconsin state Senate, is slated to be finished around the same time.
“If you have two independent investigations where they are going to go the way the evidence leads them, that should be something we should all get around,” Vos said, adding that Gableman will be provided with more resources and the “ability to determine the need for any future adjustments.”
Democrats in Wisconsin, like in other states, have criticized calls for more investigations into the election, and Wisconsin Democratic Party executive director Nellie Sires denigrated Vos’s announcement on Friday.
“The fact will remain that the 2020 election was free, fair, and conclusive,” Sires said in a statement, describing the probe as a “sham investigation.” “It’s time for the Speaker to end the charade and start telling the truth.”
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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