Tony Evers Says Wisconsin Election Clerks Have Better Things to Do Than Deal With '20 Probe

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday criticized former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's investigation into the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported.

Following President Joe Biden's victory confirmation in an Arizona election audit, Republicans have turned their focus to Wisconsin, where Biden also defeated Donald Trump. In a video released last week, Gableman said local clerks who oversee elections in Wisconsin will be required to prove that voting was done legally. He also threatened to subpoena clerks who don't comply.

During a news conference at the World Dairy Expo, Evers was asked if clerks should comply with Gableman's probe. He replied, "If I was a clerk, I'd be lawyered up," the AP reported.

The Democratic governor also called the probe "outrageous" and said election clerks have "better things to do."

"I hate to see an inquisition like this, especially when you're being told you have to prove it was a good election. Everybody knows it was a good election. Everybody knows there was no fraud," Evers said.

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday blasted a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election as a "$700,000 boondoggle." Above, flags in support of former President Donald Trump during a protest in Phoenix after his defeat on November 7, 2020. OLIVIER TOURON/AFP/Getty

"It's a $700,000 boondoggle to prove something that's already been proven probably 100 times," the governor said.

Gableman's first email to election clerks confused many, as it came from a Gmail address under the name "John Delta" and contained an attachment. Many counties flagged it as a potential scam, and it landed in the junk email folder for others.

Gableman told a group of Trump supporters in November that he thought the election was stolen. A former Trump official appears to be working on the investigation. Gableman has not said who he has hired or submitted any invoices seeking payment yet.

His investigation has already drawn bipartisan criticism. Republican state Senator Kathy Bernier, chair of the Senate elections committee, said earlier this month, "There is not a reason to spread misinformation about this past election when we have all the evidence that shows otherwise."