Special Counsel Hired To Investigate 2020 Election

The highest ranking Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly says he is expanding a probe into the 2020 presidential election, saying it will take more investigators and time than originally planned.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signed contracts in June with two retired police detectives and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to handle the investigation. But those two investigators quit earlier this month, Vos confirmed for the first time Friday, leading him to “take a different tack.

Amid growing calls from former President Donald Trump and other Wisconsin Republicans for a broader audit, Vos on Friday said he was expanding the probe. Though he didn’t set a budget, Vos said it would be reasonable to spend several hundred thousand dollars on it.

Vos says he hopes to have the investigation completed this fall, around the same time as an independent review by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

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