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Secret recording of Gov. Evers and Republican leaders phone call causing more issues

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 19:39:57-04

Republicans cry foul over a recorded phone call between Governor Tony Evers and GOP leaders. While Democrats are enraged by what Speaker Robin Vos said during the call.

The call in question happened May 14th, the day after the state supreme court struck down the Stay at Home Order.

The governor's chief legal counsel says staff from both legislative offices did agree to the meeting being recorded.

"Staff did consent to it being recorded, so it's compliant with the one-party consent rule," said Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel for the governor's office.

"I didn't know about it the recording," Evers said. "A staffer wanted to help in taking notes, that's why our staffer recorded it. I will not discuss personnel issues in public. Needless to say, that practice ended with this one time."

On the call, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos blamed an outbreak of coronavirus in his district on a "large immigrant population" -- and a "difference in culture."

Immigrant rights groups have called that comment divisive -- and want Vos to resign as speaker.

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