Gableman to Compel Clerks to Comply with Election Probe 'If Necessary'

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman says he will compel county clerks to comply with his special counsel investigation into the 2020 presidential election.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christensen and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell said earlier this month that they would not turn over voting machines and other election materials.

"We will request from those officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony," Gableman said in a video released Monday.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired Gableman to serve as special counsel in the Legislature's investigation into the election. While Gableman has subpoena power, Vos needs to sign any subpoenas Gableman issues for them to be legally binding.

In his video, Gableman seemed to indicate that he would issue subpoenas if Christensen and McDonell continue to ignore his requests.

"I think it’s very important, it’s critical to know that an obstruction of this office is an obstruction of each citizen’s right to know whether all ballots were appropriately counted, that our elections were elected with fairness, inclusivity and accountability," Gableman said.

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