The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Assembly fired a former conservative state Supreme Court justice that he hired to oversee a taxpayer funded probe of the 2020 presidential election just days after winning a primary election against an opponent endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
The contract of Michael Gableman was terminated by the leader of the GOP-controlled chamber. Gableman was hired by Vos in July of 2021.
Gableman endorsed the opponent of Vos.
The former president became upset with the GOP leader after Vos refused to overturn the results.
According to The Washington Post, Gableman told Vos in a private note that decertification would be difficult to resolve and that it was unprecedented.
After the state Supreme Court banned most ballot drop boxes in state elections, Trump criticized Vos for his lack of action on the 2020 investigation. Mail-in voting is rife with fraud, according to the former president.
"Robin Vos, a long time professional RINO always looking to guard his flank, will be doing nothing about the amazing Wisconsin Supreme Court decision," Trump wrote, using a derisive acronym that means "Republican In Name Only."
Vos narrowly won the GOP primary by defeating Trump.
Vos was "supremely confident" in Gableman when he was brought on for the election probe.
Vos said Gableman was an embarrassment to the state after the polls closed.
"After having many members of our caucus reach out to me, it is clear to me that we only have one choice in this matter, and that is to close the Office of Special Counsel," he said.
According to Wisconsin Public Radio, Gableman said in therobocall that Vos never wanted a real investigation.
"Robin Vos never wanted a real investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, and everything that my office and I have been able to do to expose all the corruption that took place has been in spite of Robin and not because of him," he said.
The decision was praised by both Republicans and Democrats.
The premise of the probe was blasted by Tony Evers, who is running for reelection in November.
Kathy Bernier told The Associated Press that she has no respect for Michael Gableman.
She thought it was a good decision. Six months ago, it would have been better.