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Wisconsin election investigation paused amid legal fights

Michael Gableman’s taxpayer-funded salary will be cut from $11K to $5.5K a month

Michael Gableman stands at a podium and points around the room as he speaks. Attendees are seated behind him.
Former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman speaks Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

An investigation into the 2020 election in battleground Wisconsin will be paused while five lawsuits play out and the former state Supreme Court justice leading it will be paid half as much going forward.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wednesday that the probe could be revived depending on the outcome of those legal battles.

Michael Gableman’s review was originally supposed to end in October, but Vos has allowed the contract to go forward indefinitely under pressure from former President Donald Trump. Vos said Wednesday that was to deal with five ongoing lawsuits.

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Vos said Gableman’s taxpayer-funded salary will be cut from $11,000 to $5,500 a month.