The costly repercussions of the Wisconsin election investigation’s failure to meet its obligations under the state’s public records law — and the ongoing consequences of the partisan review itself — were thrown into stark relief this week.
On Wednesday, in our lawsuit seeking the release of public records from the Wisconsin Assembly’s Office of Special Counsel, the judge released a scathing opinion that not only removed the office’s out-of-state attorneys from the case for, among other things, making false statements and ignoring Wisconsin law; it also laid out the investigation’s months of inaction and its wasteful practices.
In the more than a year since the investigation was initiated by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, the lies upon which its existence was predicated have only become further entrenched among election deniers. One such activist, Harry Wait — who was in repeated contact with Gableman throughout the course of the review — is now reportedly contesting Vos’ recent primary victory, saying that bogus absentee ballot requests he made in violation of election law prove the “ease of fraud.”
That challenge is a striking example of how the Big Lie isn’t just about the 2020 election — it’s also about the elections this year and in the future. Here are other headlines about the promotion of those lies across the country:
Of course, the most vocal purveyor of election lies remains former President Trump. And the various investigations into his and his associates’ efforts to overturn his 2020 loss continue to steam ahead:
Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric hasn’t been limited to those investigations though — his attacks on law enforcement as well as on the judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant have unleashed a spate of threats and vitriol from his supporters, spurring warnings about the danger to the rule of law and the possibility of more violence. Other headlines about the investigation of Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents are below:
The Coronavirus Pandemic
Citing a flawed pandemic response, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called for sweeping changes to the agency’s culture and organization. Goals include more quickly and efficiently producing scientific data to respond to emergencies, making public health guidelines clearer, and better training and retaining staff. Other headlines:
Operation Lone Star
Records we obtained detail cost projections made by the Texas Military Department in March 2021, as the state prepared to launch Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s anti-immigration border operation.
Part of Investigation: