A Friday night tweemail singled out Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and two other GOP lawmakers in the state, claiming they are working to conceal wrongdoing and prevent a “forensic audit” of the November contest.
“Wisconsin Republican leaders Robin Vos, Chris Kapenga, and Devin LeMahieu, are working hard to cover up election corruption in Wisconsin. They are actively trying to prevent a Forensic Audit of the election results, especially those which took place in Milwaukee, one of the most corrupt election locales in the country. Don’t fall for their lies!” Trump said in a statement issued by his Save America PAC.
“These REPUBLICAN ‘leaders’ need to step up and support the people who elected them by providing them a full forensic investigation. If they don’t, I have little doubt that they will be primaried and quickly run out of office,” he added.
Kapenga, who is the Wisconsin Senate president, released a public letter on Saturday that insisted he was still a Trump supporter but also said the claim that he is responsible for holding up a “forensic audit” of elections in Wisconsin was untrue.
Republicans have ordered a review of the election by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, and Kapenga said he requested a “forensic component” to the audit.
“It is false, and I don’t appreciate it being done before calling me and finding out the truth. This is what both of us have fought against. Being cut from similar cloth in our backgrounds, and knowing that reparation must always be of more value than the wrong done, I have two requests,” he said in part. “First, I ask that you issue a press release in similar fashion that corrects the information and also encourages people to support what I have requested in the audit. Second, you owe me a round of golf at the club of your choice.”
Vos announced in May he would hire police officers and an attorney to investigate parts of the November 2020 general election. Contracts obtained by the Associated Press reported this week show he has already hired some people to investigate “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” in the 2020 presidential election.
“A sizable chunk of people believe the election was illegitimate,” Vos told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And democracy cannot flourish if both sides don’t believe in the end both sides had a fair shot.”
The Associated Press report noted Vos said he does not anticipate an audit similar to the GOP-led Arizona Senate’s controversial Maricopa County review in Wisconsin because he hired retired investigators.
Some Wisconsin lawmakers have argued Vos’s investigation into the 2020 election doesn’t go far enough. State Rep. Dave Murphy, who visited the Arizona audit, called the speaker “foolish” for being skeptical of the Maricopa County audit.
Wisconsin election officials found just 27 instances of voter fraud amid 3.3 million ballots cast, a total that is roughly in line with previous election cycles, prompting criticism among Democrats who claim Republicans are on a misguided fishing expedition.
“Whatever excuse the Republicans have for massive fraud in Wisconsin, it’s just simply not true,” said Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach. “It’s all based on ‘the big lie.’ They need to stop spreading ‘the big lie.'”
The GOP-led Arizona Senate commissioned an audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, which includes a hand recount, inspection of the ballots, and capturing of information from voting machines. The review has been criticized by county officials and Arizona’s Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs, who advised the county to replace its voting machines over concerns that the audit compromised their “security and integrity.” The U.S. Justice Department also has signaled it will crack down on post-election audits.
The audit, the results of which are expected to be released in a report later this summer, has been taking place at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. It has attracted Republican lawmakers from other states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin, and inspired calls for copycat reviews in other places.
Representatives for Vos and Trump did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s requests for comment.
Author: Carly Roman
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump slams Wisconsin GOP leader who hired retired police to investigate 2020 election