Kaul seeks to block subpoenas in GOP election inquiry | Wisconsin News
By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul asks court to block subpoenas issued by lawyer hired by Republicans to investigate 2020 presidential election won by President Joe Biden.
Kaul, a Democrat, on Thursday asked a Dane County judge to block subpoenas sent to state election officials by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. He was hired to review the elections by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
The non-partisan Legislative Audit Office conducts an independent review of the election. His conclusions were expected overnight, while Vos said he didn’t expect Gableman to finish his job before the end of the year. The audit bureau’s review was ordered by Republicans, but its work is carried out independently of any involvement of either political party – unlike Gableman, who reports to Vos.
Biden’s victory of about 21,000 votes over Donald Trump in Wisconsin has withstood recounts and multiple court rulings. There was no widespread fraud. To date, only four of the approximately 3.3 million Wisconsin voters who voted in the election have been charged with voter fraud.
Kaul represents the Wisconsin Election Commission and its administrator, Meagan Wolfe. She was among those subpoenaed by Gableman, who initially said he would be interviewing Wolfe, the mayors of the state’s five largest cities and other local election officials in private. He then agreed to cancel those interviews for the time being and accept a limited number of documents from Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay.
Kaul, in his court record, argues that subpoenas are inapplicable under the constitutions of the United States and Wisconsin as well as under state law. Kaul said the subpoenas are not valid because he wants to question Wolfe in private rather than in committee.
Kaul also argued that the subpoenas were too broad and vague and that they were issued on behalf of the Assembly Elections Committee. The chairman of that committee, Republican Representative Janel Brandtjen, said Gableman was not consulting her about her investigation.
Gableman did not immediately return a message on Friday.
Kaul last week called the Gableman investigation a “bogus” investigation that should be stopped.
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