By Martin Walsh
Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is leading the investigation into the state’s 2020 elections, is accusing two mayors of a “cover-up” and stonewalling the investigation.
While testifying before the Wisconsin Committee on Campaign and Elections, Gableman threatened to subpoena former Facebook employee Michael Spitzer Rubenstein to testify.
Gableman also warned that he may jail two Wisconsin Democratic Mayors if they continue to avoid his interview.
An attorney for Assembly Republicans is seeking to jail the mayors of Madison and Green Bay if they don’t sit for depositions soon — even though the two say he never gave them a final date for when they were supposed to meet with him.
Gableman this week sought court orders requiring Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich to answer his questions or be jailed if they decline to do so. In his filings, he contended the pair had defied his request that they meet with him in November. The two have disputed they were required to meet with him then.
Jeffrey Mandell, a lawyer for Green Bay, sent a letter to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez saying Gableman’s legal work was so shoddy that he would seek legal sanctions against Gableman.
Mandell argued Gableman had filed the wrong kind of lawsuit in the wrong court. The type of case Gableman brought should only be used when private individuals have disputes over money, Mandell contended.