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Wisconsin GOP fires election investigator who pushed false fraud claims

Republican-led review of Wisconsin’s 2020 election abruptly ends abruptly. Wisconsin Assembly speaker who launched inquiry fired former state Supreme Court justice he hired to lead it. Michael Gableman, who had led the investigation, joined former president Donald Trump in turning against Speaker Robin Vos. The haphazard, year-old inquiry was marked by meetings with conspiracy theorists, violations of public records laws. It did not uncover evidence of widespread voter fraud, though Trump and Gablemen tried to suggest otherwise. Vos has had a tenuous relationship with Trump, who supported the Wisconsin review but pressed Vos to go further with it. The firing marks the end of a saga that began in June 2021 when Vos, acting under pressure from Trump, announced he had hired

Gableman says Vos told him he wanted to play down election issues before the 2022 election. With his probe, he turned up little new information that was new. Vos telegraphed his firing after eking out his primary win, telling reporters on Tuesday night, “He’s an embarrassment to the state”