Mayor Barrett Is Latest Official Subpoenaed In Election Probe
Official leading the probe admits he doesn't understand how elections are supposed to work.
Mayor Tom Barrett received a subpoena Wednesday from the Republican-led 2020 election probe.
“A ten-page subpoena from the Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections was presented to the Mayor’s Office late this morning,” said Barrett in a statement. “The document is a broadly worded request for information regarding the November 2020 General Election.”
Gableman, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel before his Green Bay appearance, admitted a lack of understanding with regard to how elections work. “Most people, myself included, do not have a comprehensive understanding or even any understanding of how elections work,” said the former conservative justice. The investigation was authorized by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.
Barrett joins his appointee, Milwaukee Election Commission executive director Claire Woodall-Vogg in receiving a subpoena. The subpoena sent to Woodall-Vogg actually requested election documents from Green Bay, similar to the copy-and-paste errors that plagued the Trump election lawsuits. Another error appears to plague the investigation: knowing who to subpoena.
Similar to a federal suit from Donald Trump‘s campaign, Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Owczarski was included. Clerks do administer elections in Wisconsin, except in state-defined cities of the first class (Milwaukee is the only such place). Owczarski is in charge of recording Common Council votes, but Woodall-Vogg has full jurisdiction over elections.
“The Mayor’s Office has been open and transparent about the administration of elections in Milwaukee and, following consultation with the City Attorney’s Office, will provide an appropriate answer to the Committee,” said Barrett.
Gableman’s subpoenas, similar to past Trump lawsuits, single out the Mark Zuckerberg-backed Center for Tech and Civic Life nonprofit that provided grants to cities that were used to boost poll worker pay during the pandemic and purchase drop boxes. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway noted that Brookfield was among the cities that received a CTCL grant, but yet no one in the conservative city has received a subpoena. She called the process a “mockery.”
The mayors are being compelled to testify on Oct. 22 in a closed deposition. The clerks on Oct. 15. “If I’m gonna go to Brookfield and answer questions in a strip mall, it should be open to the public,” said Rhodes-Conway.
- Milwaukee County Clerk Christenson Allowed State Auditors Access to 2020 Election Records - George Christenson - Oct 26th, 2021
- Republicans Want Yet Another Election Probe - Henry Redman - Oct 26th, 2021
- Senator Agard Slams GOP Leaders for Continued Investigation of 2020 Election - State Sen. Melissa Agard - Oct 25th, 2021
- Nonpartisan State Election Review Finds No Widespread Fraud - Laurel White - Oct 22nd, 2021
- WEC press release on LAB report - Wisconsin Elections Commission - Oct 22nd, 2021
- Wisconsin Elections Commission Sues To Stop Gableman’s Subpoenas - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 21st, 2021
- Vos Says 2020 Election Was ‘Tainted’ - Laurel White - Oct 19th, 2021
- Election Probe Testimony Postponed - Laurel White - Oct 14th, 2021
- Attorney General Kaul Statement on Election “Investigation” by Former Supreme Court Justice Gableman - Wisconsin Department of Justice - Oct 11th, 2021
- Judge Orders Election Probe Records Released - Laurel White - Oct 9th, 2021
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