Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos stated on Wednesday that he is planning to hire retired police officers to conduct an investigation into the 2020 presidential election in his state.
As the top Republican in Wisconsin, Vos intends to hire three retired officers to work in conjunction with a previously formed Assembly committee with investigatory powers to review the election, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At issue are thousands of complaints that election lawmakers received following the November presidential faceoff.
The Wisconsin State Journal claims to have reviewed thousands of those complaints and has ostensibly found that most of them were mass-generated form letters that made nonspecific claims. Only 28 allegations of election fraud or other voting issues were specific enough to warrant verification. The media outlet claims only one could be partially substantiated and it involved 42 votes. After they allegedly interviewed dozens of election officials, prosecutors, and people who filed the complaints, the Journal says that most were hearsay or were due to minor administrative errors.
But Vos is not buying it.
Assembly Republicans passed a resolution in March that authorized an investigation into the election, and they have also ordered the state’s nonpartisan audit bureau to look into it.
President Biden won Wisconsin by approximately 20,000 votes. That was basically the same margin that former President Trump won the state in 2016.
Vos firmly believes there were “irregularities” in the presidential election. Therefore, he is directing investigators to “follow the facts” and investigate all leads that they can find: “The election is in the rearview mirror,” Vos informed the Associated Press in an interview. “Do I think there were irregularities? I certainly do.”
We need to have a fact basis to continue to show the public in Wisconsin that, number one, we continue to take these irregularities seriously, and that at the end of the day, the laws that we proposed are based on facts in addition to anecdotes.
Vos is apparently very suspicious of the involvement in the election by the Center for Tech and Civic Life which was funded largely by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The organization was involved in the election in a number of Wisconsin’s largest cities.
The powerful GOP leader also takes issue with local election officials filling in missing witness address information on absentee ballot envelopes. Vos hopes that the investigators will find out if there was any wrongdoing in the election. He reportedly wants evidence provided to support changing election laws. Republicans are proposing numerous election-related bills in the Wisconsin Legislature.
He announced his intentions regarding the outcome of the investigation:
My goal is to show Gov. Evers that this is the right thing so that at least half of the electorate knows that the next election is fair and square.
He contends that hiring former police officers is necessary because they have the investigative skills to competently and professionally get the job done. Vos is hoping a report could come as early as this fall. It would be released alongside an expected audit of the election by the Legislative Audit Bureau.
“The attorney general won’t do it,” Vos said, in reference to Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul. “The Evers administration certainly won’t do it.”
He went on to say:
My hope is that they come back and they build the case to show Gov. (Tony) Evers and the Democrats who are in the ‘Casablanca’ mode — ‘nothing to see here,’ ‘everything’s fine,’ ‘they just want to suppress the vote.’ No. These are professional investigators.
A sizable chunk of people believe the election was illegitimate. And democracy cannot flourish if both sides don’t believe in the end both sides had a fair shot.
The investigators will be overseen by an attorney. Vos said that they can request that the Legislature subpoena witnesses on their behalf.
“I think there’s a much deeper analysis that can be done to say, okay, let’s give people confidence in the election, so at the end of the day, whatever happens in 2022, the election is held fairly and nobody looks at it after that election and says, ‘Wow, my side … lost and it was because of somebody else not doing their job,’” Vos concluded.
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