Wisconsin lawmaker who questioned Biden win is disciplined

The Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, Wis.
The Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, Wis.(WEAU)
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 9:33 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly leader has disciplined a lawmaker who falsely claimed that former President Donald Trump won the battleground state and wanted to award the state’s electoral votes to him, even though that isn’t possible.

Speaker Robin Vos removed the lone staff member assigned to fellow Republican Rep. Timothy Ramthun of Campbellsport on Thursday. The move was first reported by WisPolitics.com and confirmed by Vos’s office.

Ramthun has vocally advocated election conspiracy theories and recently introduced a resolution to reclaim Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes from 2020. Lawyers for the Assembly say lawmakers don’t have the authority to do that. “There are some who believe -- there’s one who believes -- that somehow we have the right even though every lawyer that we have worked with in Wisconsin says we cannot undo the 2020 elections,” Vos said.

In a statement, all of the leaders in the Assembly say they agree with Vos’s decision. Ramthun has not commented.

Lawmakers say Ramthun accused Vos of being in cahoots with Hillary Clinton’s lawyers to allow dropboxes in the 2020 election.

The pushback against one of the most conservative Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly comes as an investigation ordered by Vos into the 2020 election continues.

Outside reviews of the 2020 election by both the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau and the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty did not find evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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