Tuesday in Whitewater will see scattered showers this morning on an otherwise cloudy day with a high of 69. Sunrise is 6:42 AM and sunset 6:52 PM for 12h 10m 14s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 99.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
The Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM.
On this day in 1780, Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
MADISON – Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman said Monday he is willing to compel election clerks to turn over documents and provide testimony as part of Assembly Republicans’ review of the 2020 election outcome.
Gableman, an attorney who is overseeing the review as a special counsel, released a six-minute video on Monday defending the review by saying he was not seeking to challenge the election’s result and outlined some details of the review, which includes subpoenaing election clerks who do not comply with his requests.
“The purpose of this investigation is to determine what was supposed to happen in our elections and what did happen, to see what went well as well as to see what might have gone badly,” Gableman said.
“We will request from those officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony.”
Gabelman twists traditional legal presumptions backwards: he demands others produce documents on the expansive theory that those others may have “potential knowledge of unlawful actions.” He offers no evidence of any unlawful actions. Under Gableman’s formulation, others are asked to prove their innocence of supposed unlawful actions about which Gableman need show no evidence whatever.
A reading like Gableman’s would allow state investigations of public or private parties to prove they have not somehow violated the law, without even a government showing that they might have done so.
Speaker Vos is certain to sign any subpoenas Gableman drafts, lest Vos incur Trump’s election wrath. (Vos felt no worry about ignoring Nass’s request for a challenge to UW System protocols, but Nass is forgettable when compared against Trump.)
It’s an inquisition that Gableman wants, and Vos will give him one.