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Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is leading the investigation into the state’s 2020 elections, is accusing two mayors of a “cover-up” and stonewalling the investigation.
While testifying before the Wisconsin Committee on Campaign and Elections, Gableman threatened to subpoena former Facebook employee Michael Spitzer Rubenstein to testify.
Gableman also warned that he may jail two Wisconsin Democratic Mayors if they continue to avoid his interview.
An attorney for Assembly Republicans is seeking to jail the mayors of Madison and Green Bay if they don’t sit for depositions soon — even though the two say he never gave them a final date for when they were supposed to meet with him.
Gableman this week sought court orders requiring Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich to answer his questions or be jailed if they decline to do so. In his filings, he contended the pair had defied his request that they meet with him in November. The two have disputed they were required to meet with him then.
Jeffrey Mandell, a lawyer for Green Bay, sent a letter to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez saying Gableman’s legal work was so shoddy that he would seek legal sanctions against Gableman.
Mandell argued Gableman had filed the wrong kind of lawsuit in the wrong court. The type of case Gableman brought should only be used when private individuals have disputes over money, Mandell contended.
BREAKING: WISCONSIN’S MICHAEL GABLEMAN TESTIFIES BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE ON ELECTION INVESTIGATION!
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“[Green Bay Mayor] Eric Genrich and [Madison Mayor] Satya Rhodes-Conway have chosen to ignore the subpoenas issued by the Wisconsin Assembly because they have no intention of answering uncomfortable questions about what they did with the millions of dollars in Zuckerberg money that they took,” Gableman said.
“Reasonable minds might wonder whether the millions of dollars each of these mayors received from the Zuckerbergs may have induced them to do something other than treating all candidates fairly and impartially. And whether those mayors used the Zuckerberg money to get out the vote for Joe Biden,” Gableman said.
“They are trying to run and hide from accountability to the citizens they are supposed to serve,” Gableman told lawmakers. “Why go through all of this legal evasion, maneuvering, and expense unless they do not want the public to know what they have done?”
Gableman is facing a lawsuit from Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul that not only seeks to stop his investigation but also seeks to prohibit him from asking questions of Elections Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe.
The audit of the 2020 election in Wisconsin is getting intense.
Back in late September, Gableman threatened to use subpoenas if election officials do not comply with the audit.
Wisconsin election officials who refuse to comply with the Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election will be subpoenaed, according to the retired judge leading the investigation.
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said he will sign subpoenas that are requested by Gableman as part of the investigation after formerly refusing to sign subpoenas from Representative Janel Bandtjen.
“The responsibility to demonstrate that our elections were conducted with fairness, inclusivity, and accountability is on the government and on the private, for-profit interests that did work for the government,” he said. “The burden is not on the people to show in advance of an investigation that public officials and their contractors behaved dishonestly.”
“It’s important to note that the term forensic audit is a confusing one, and it’s confusing because it has no commonly accepted definition,” he said. “Rather, the definition of each forensic audit is created by those who control that audit. The Office of Special Counsel is conducting a full investigation in order to get to the truth of what happened in our 2020 election.”
He said that the investigation could include a “vigorous and comprehensive audit if the facts that are discovered justify such a course of action.”
He stated his goal was “to put everything I know and everything I learned before you, the citizen so that you can make up your own mind.”