MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly leader on Friday withdrew subpoenas submitted as part of a GOP-led probe into the 2020 election, marking the end of a 14-month-long endeavor that n provided no evidence of voter fraud.
Speaker Robin Vos has withdrawn subpoenas that Michael Gableman, the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice he hired to review the 2020 election results, submitted to mayors and other statewide officials. . Vos, the state’s most powerful Republican, fired Gableman two weeks ago after narrowly winning a primary election against a Donald Trump-backed political newcomer.
Vos also withdrew subpoenas issued to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, its administrator and two members of the commission.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was among the city officials who were subpoenaed. During the withdrawal, City Attorney Michael Haas said in a statement that the investigation had only damaged public confidence in the election. “despite wasting over a million dollars of taxpayers’ money.”
Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, issued a similar note.
“Last fall, I called for this bogus investigation to be closed and we challenged several subpoenas,” Kaul tweeted. “While it shouldn’t have taken this long, I’m glad the ‘investigation’ has been completed and the subpoenas have finally been withdrawn.”
Gableman’s attorney, James Bopp, told The Associated Press that Vos withdrew all of the subpoenas Gableman had submitted.
“The last part of the investigation was looking to comply with the subpoenas and now they have been withdrawn so the investigation is over,” he added. Bop said.
President Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin by nearly 21,000 votes has withstood recounts, multiple state and federal lawsuits and multiple reviews, including the Gableman investigation, which drew bipartisan criticism for the manner in which it was conducted.
Among the subpoenas withdrawn was one submitted to Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, whom Gableman was seeking to jail alongside Rhodes-Conway with a lawsuit filed last December alleging they failed to live up to his subpoenas. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the status of that lawsuit.
Genrich’s office did not immediately respond to Friday afternoon phone messages seeking comment.
“President Vos has finally recognized that this cynical and divisive exercise must end”, Haas said.
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