Yet another alarming indication of the influence election denialists wield over conservative lawmakers took place this week in Wisconsin: On Thursday, Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted to fire the state’s top nonpartisan elections official, Meagan Wolfe, who has been the target of right-wing attacks.
Those attacks have focused on voting measures adopted during the 2020 primary and general election, as the coronavirus pandemic brought unprecedented challenges in the administration of election, and are a product of former President Trump’s refusal to accept his loss. But they’ve been steadily fed over the past few years by the election denial movement and baseless allegations of fraud.
Of course, the same conspiracy theories about absentee ballots and municipal grants are what fueled the Wisconsin Assembly’s discredited and partisan inquiry in the 2020 election, which was headed by attorney Michael Gableman within the Assembly’s Office of Special Counsel (OSC).
Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Assembly finally posted records from Gableman’s review — records that OSC lawyers had first promised would be made available to the public nearly one year ago.
Meanwhile, news came out this week that Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has reportedly created a panel of former state supreme court justices to advise him on efforts to remove newly elected Justice Janet Protasiewicz. Vos has threatened to impeach Protasiewicz if she does not recuse herself from Supreme Court cases about Republican-drawn redistricting maps.
More Records Related to DOJ Election Investigation
Attorney Katherine Friess was one of several allies who aided Trump’s scheme to overturn his election result, serving as an adviser to Rudy Giuliani. According to a story this week in Politico, emails exchanged by Friess have been turned over to Special Counsel Jack Smith.
John Eastman’s Disbarment Trial
Hearings in Trump-allied lawyer John Eastman’s disbarment trial are ongoing. We compiled public records that shed light on the election-denying activities of individuals who appear on the long list of scheduled and potential witnesses.