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Judge lets Republican-led election review proceed in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin judge ruled on Monday that a Republican-led election review in the Badger State can proceed after the state’s Democratic attorney general sought to end the probe.

The ruling relates to an investigation led by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, a Republican, that is reviewing the state’s results from the 2020 presidential election.

President Biden won Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes by just more than 20,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point.

Wisconsin State House Speaker Robin Vos (R) signed off on subpoenas for the audit in October. In response, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) filed a lawsuit that month in an effort to stop the subpoenas for the Wisconsin Elections Commission and its administrator, Meagan Wolfe.

Kaul had argued that the subpoenas were “unreasonably overbroad and burdensome.” He also took issue with the request for Wolfe to testify in a private setting instead of a public one.

On Monday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford ruled against Kaul on procedural grounds, rejecting his request that the subpoenas be blocked.

Lanford said the elections commission and Wolfe “have not shown irreparable injury, an inadequate remedy at law or preservation of the status quo,” which are “elements necessary for the Court to consider in deciding whether to grant a temporary injunction.”

Lanford also reportedly rejected Gableman’s motion to dismiss Kaul’s suit overall.

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