Despite the unending drumbeat from the mainstream media that allegations of fraud during the 2020 presidential election have all been debunked, a probe of possible irregularities in one Midwestern state appears to be gaining steam.
Much to the frustration of state Democrats, the top-ranking Republican member of the Wisconsin Assembly indicated last week that he would be broadening a probe into the 2020 results and suggested that additional time and investigatory staff will be needed to do the job, as the Associated Press reports.
State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos revealed that a “special counsel” has been tapped to expand the existing investigation, and he announced that former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has been given the power to hire a slate of full-time staff to conduct a “top-to-bottom” investigation, according to the Washington Examiner.
“If he thinks he needs one person, great. If he thinks he needs half a dozen, great,” Vos said when explaining the discretion Gableman will have over hiring decisions.
Though Vos had already engaged the services of retired law enforcement officers to oversee the probe, the resources allocated were insufficient to the task. “After talking with our original investigative team, we realize that the part-time nature of [those] contracts is less time than is needed to complete the investigation. Justice Gableman will have the resources and ability to determine the need for any future adjustments,” he said.
As the Examiner noted, the official margin by which now-President Joe Biden won the state of Wisconsin was roughly 20,000 votes, but questions of impropriety in the state have lingered, with former President Donald Trump among the most outspoken critics of how the election was conducted.
Back in June, Trump lamented that a more substantial review of the outcome in Wisconsin was not under way, saying, “They are actively trying to prevent a Forensic Audit of the election results, especially those which took place in Milwaukee, one of the most corrupt election locales in the country.”
Democrats have blasted the notion that anything was amiss in Wisconsin last fall, with state Democratic Party executive director Nellie Sires saying, “The fact will remain that the 2020 election was free, fair and conclusive. It’s time for the Speaker to end the charade and start telling the truth.”
With notable election scrutiny still ongoing in Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, among other key jurisdictions, however, it is more important than ever for all possible efforts to be made to restore Americans’ faith in the voting process, which was clearly and regrettably compromised last November.