Michael Gableman testifies before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on March 1, 2022. (Screenshot | WisEye)
A lawsuit challenging subpoenas sent by the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice investigating the 2020 presidential election will extend into September — extending Republicans’ reviews of the election just months away from the 2022 midterms.
The lawsuit, brought by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, is over Michael Gableman’s ability to request private interviews with state officials. The officials have argued any interviews Gableman conducts should be in a public meeting of an Assembly committee.
Gableman has repeatedly argued his partisan review under the authority of the Assembly should be treated as a law enforcement investigation, and that he should be able to conduct private interviews. The review is currently “on pause” while several pending lawsuits work their way through the courts.
At a hearing in a Dane County Circuit Court on Friday, Judge Rhonda Lanford ordered the Wisconsin Department of Justice to file a brief in the case by August 1. Lawyers representing the Assembly and Gableman will have until Sept. 1 to file response briefs, and the DOJ will have until Sept. 16 to file their final reply.
A hearing in a similar case in Waukesha County is scheduled for a hearing on August 30.
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