MADISON — Three Democratic members of the Wisconsin Assembly's Committee on Campaigns & Elections are pushing back against the committee's investigation into alleged voter fraud, calling a scheduled hearing next week "a forum for debunked conspiracies and outright lies."
On Thursday, Assembly Republicans announced that the committee will hold its first public hearing regarding the investigation Dec. 11. The chair of the committee, Republican Rep. Ron Tusler, plans to report his findings on alleged election fraud to committee members, as well as invite speakers to testify before the committe. Assembly Speaker Vos has said that the investigation seeks to determine "what unethical or illegal acts occurred in our state" during the presidential election.
But in a statement Friday, State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D - Milwaukee), State Rep. Lisa Subeck (D - Madison) and State Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D - Beloit) stressed that state elections officials have acted "with integrity and dedication at every step of the election process" - and so, in their eyes, an investigation into fraud is a pointless exercise.
"It is beyond time for the Speaker and his party to accept that President Trump lost Wisconsin and lost the Presidential election," the Democratic State Representatives write.
The legislators continue that attempts to investigate may even backfire, casting doubt on future elections in Wisconsin and undermine democratic institutions.
“When the Speaker first floated his idea for this sham hearing almost one month ago, it was irresponsible, unnecessary, and unfounded. Now that the results have been scrutinized and confirmed again and again, this cynical attempt to undermine the will of the people is shameful," write Zamarripa, Subeck and Spreitzer.
Meanwhile, attorneys for President Trump are seeking in federal court to give Wisconsin's GOP-led legislature the authority to decide which candidate gets the state's electoral votes. That case is set to be heard next Thursday.
TMJ4 News reached out to Speaker Vos' office late Tuesday evening for comment.