Gableman subpoena information about Madison, finance officers

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Republicans hired to investigate the 2020 presidential election want a pair of Madison city officials to turn over documents and submit to questioning.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Monday issued subpoenas that Michael Gableman issued on December 28 to the city’s chief information officer, Sarah Edgerton, and chief financial officer, David Schmiedicke, to whom the The summons incorrectly refers to the first name “Dan”.

The subpoenas demand that Edgerton hand over municipal election communications and records to Gableman’s office in Brookfield on January 13-19. She is also due to undergo an interrogation at the office on February 14.

The subpoenas also demand that Schmiedicke turn over election records detailing the private grants the city used to help organize the January 19 election to the Brookfield office.

Rhodes-Conway released a statement on Monday calling Gableman’s investigation a waste of taxpayers’ time and money. The mayor did not say whether Edgerton and Schmedicke would comply with the subpoenas, however. When asked if they would comply, Deputy Mayor Katie Crawley, who handles media inquiries for the Rhodes-Conway administration, only said the city attorney was reviewing the subpoenas.

Part of Gableman’s investigation centers on whether Madison and other Democratic-leaning towns in Wisconsin improperly accepted nearly $ 9 million from the Facebook-funded Center for Tech and Civil Life to help administer the elections. The former judge has assigned the mayors of the state’s five largest cities as well as Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe to submit to questioning in Brookfield.

So far, no one has responded to the request. Gableman has filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County to force Rhodes-Conway and Green Bay mayor Eric Genrich to appear or put them in jail. This case is still pending.

The state Department of Justice, headed by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, has filed a lawsuit to quash Wolfe’s subpoena.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired Gableman last summer to review the election after former President Donald Trump said Wisconsin Republicans were not doing enough to investigate his claims that the President Joe Biden would have somehow robbed him of Wisconsin. The review is expected to cost taxpayers at least $ 686,000.

An Associated Press review of presidential results in six key battlefield states, including Wisconsin, found fewer than 475 cases of potential fraud, a number that would have made no difference to the election outcome .

Election officials referred 31 cases of potential fraud to Wisconsin prosecutors in 12 of the state’s 72 counties, accounting for about 0.15% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state, the review found. AP. State auditors also found no evidence of widespread election fraud.