UPDATE: Attorney: Evers’ staff member may have committed felony

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sits for an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, saying that Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, could still qualify for up to $3 billion in state tax credits in Wisconsin if it makes changes to its deal with the state to reflect current plans for a plant that’s under construction. Evers said Thursday. “If we have a deal that is reflective of what they are doing, it’s logical that they will get the credits,” “But if they don’t, that’s a whole different deal.” AP photo/Scott Bauer)

MONDAY 6/15/2020 2:45 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The chief attorney for the Legislature’s Reference Bureau says if the person in Gov. Tony Evers staff who recorded a telephone meeting between the governor and Republican legislative leaders did so without anyone’s approval, they could be guilty of a felony.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos were on the May 14 call with Evers, his chief of staff and his legal counsel.

Another Evers staff member who was listening to the call recorded it without Evers or the Republicans knowing.

Fitzgerald on Monday released a memo from Reference Bureau Chief Rick Champagne explaining the potential crime. 

Bipartisan call for Evers to fire whoever recorded meeting

THURSDAY 6/11/2020 12:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is facing bipartisan calls to fire the staffer who secretly recorded a private telephone meeting between him and Republican legislative leaders last month.

The governor’s spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says Evers didn’t know about the recording, which was made for planning purposes and internal use only.

The Republicans on the call, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, said Thursday that the staff member who recorded it should be fired.

Democratic Rep. Jonathon Brostoff also said the person should be dismissed.

The staff member has not been named.

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Original Story: Wisconsin GOP leader compares Evers to Nixon over recording

THURSDAY 6/11/2020 6:17 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ office recorded a telephone meeting he had with Republican legislative leaders last month, prompting the Senate majority leader to compare the Democratic governor to Richard Nixon in the latest fallout between the governor and lawmakers.

Wisconsin state law permits recording telephone conversations as long as one person is aware that the recording is happening. But Republicans who were unaware it was being done blasted it as unethical and a breach of trust.

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said the meeting was recorded by staff to get an accurate record of discussion over making a new rule to deal with the coronavirus, and she said Evers didn’t know about the recording.

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