Gableman Review Paused, But His Pay Continues
Gableman's taxpayer funded $11,000 a month pay reduced to $5,500 a month.
Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election has been paused as several lawsuits over his work play out in the court system, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday.
Vos also said that Gableman’s $11,000 a month salary will be cut in half during the pause, adding that the review could be restarted if the courts rule in Gableman’s favor.
Vos said that Gableman’s pay will be cut to $5,500 a month and the review’s initially allocated $676,000 budget will not be increased. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that Vos has reversed his earlier declaration that Gableman would have to pay back the taxpayers $2,700 they spent to cover the costs of his trips to see the election audit in Arizona and to attend a forum in South Dakota hosted by Mike Lindell, the MyPillow executive, who has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. “Is it something that, you know, that you look back now and say it might not have been worth it? Well, you don’t know till you go,” Vos told the Journal Sentinel of his decision to allow Vos to keep the public funds.
There are currently five pending lawsuits relating to Gableman’s review, two of which are related to open records and the former judge’s refusal to comply with the state’s public records laws. The other three relate to Gableman’s authority as an appointed special counsel of the Legislature.
The two open records lawsuits were brought by the government watchdog organization American Oversight. Circuit Court judges in Dane County have repeatedly expressed their alarm at Gableman’s refusal to comply with open records laws. Last month, an attorney for Gableman wrote in a letter that he frequently deleted records he deemed “irrelevant,” which is contrary to state open records laws.
Gableman has also filed a lawsuit seeking to jail the Democratic mayors of Green Bay and Madison for failing to comply with his subpoenas. The mayors say they have complied with Gableman’s requests. A hearing is scheduled for July 11 in that case.
So far, Gableman’s review has turned up nothing more than innuendo and baseless allegations. His claims have been repeatedly debunked by news organizations and election officials. Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin, a result that has been repeatedly affirmed by lawsuits, recounts, audits and investigations.
Gableman review paused as lawsuits play out was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.
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- Judge May Fine Vos in Gableman Open Records Case - Shawn Johnson - May 20th, 2022
- Democrats File Suit Against State Republicans Who Posed As Electors - Shawn Johnson - May 17th, 2022
- Gableman Review Paused, But His Pay Continues - Henry Redman - May 12th, 2022
- Second Judge Rules Gableman Probe Can’t Delete Records - Shawn Johnson - May 4th, 2022
- Gableman Rallies With Extremists, Including Vos’s Primary Opponent - Henry Redman - May 3rd, 2022
- Special Report: Who Is Conducting Gableman’s Investigation? - Matt Mencarini - Apr 26th, 2022
- Statement: Office of Special Counsel - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos - Apr 26th, 2022
- Vos’ Emails Show Pressure From Election Deniers - Henry Redman - Apr 12th, 2022
- Elections Commission Issues Fines for ‘Frivolous Complaints’ - Christine Hatfield - Apr 7th, 2022
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