It turns out a second John Doe investigation that could possibly link Scott Walker and even several Republican legislators involved in five counties in Wisconsin as well as activities in the 2011 and 2012 Recall elections is continuing to be explored.
Granted, Walker will probably not be asked by any of the mainstream news “reporters” regarding the new John Doe story, since it seems a common practice to give Walker a free pass and a puff interview. But there indeed is more to come in the continuing John Doe investigation. The highly recommended No Quarter is keeping tabs on the situation:
Gov. Scott Walker won’t say whether he, his attorneys or any staff members have been contacted in a growing, secret criminal investigation into a variety of state issues.
Pressed three times on the matter, Walker said Monday that he wouldn’t be distracted by questions on the John Doe investigation, which he called a “sidebar issue.”
“In terms of a lot of the questions regarding that issue, I really don’t have a lot to say,” Walker said during a visit to Beechwood Sales and Service in New Berlin. “I’m going to stay focused, as I am today, on helping the people of this state create more jobs, create more opportunity and balance the budget, as we have.”
Walker added that he didn’t want to get “pulled into” a discussion of the John Doe because of its dicey secrecy rules. A John Doe probe allows prosecutors to gather evidence and compel testimony in secret.
“It doesn’t make sense to be involved with that,” he said.
But Walker didn’t hesitate to suggest that the timing about this week’s news on the secret investigation, which opened in February 2012, might have been driven by politics.
The usual suspects and ringleaders in what is commonly known as the Fitzwalkerstan Cult declined comment on the new investigation.
Francis Schmitz — who spent nearly 30 years as a federal prosecutor and was once a finalist for U.S. attorney in Milwaukee — is leading the widespread John Doe probe, according to sources.
Overseeing the case is Kenosha County Circuit Judge Barbara A. Kluka, who has been used by Milwaukee County judicial officials in past John Doe cases.
Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, whose office initiated the probe, declined to answer questions about the John Doe on Friday. Insiders said the investigation covers several jurisdictions, including Dane County. Police and prosecutors in these other counties have been lending a helping hand.
“It’s now spread to at least five counties,” said a source familiar with the probe, adding that Landgraf has been investigating “all over the place.”
Walker wants to say it’s because “the Democrat Party” wants to come up with the secret John Doe investigation for political reasons. He surely hopes no one asks him why the leading prosecutor, Francis Schmitz, was endorsed by far-right Republican state senator James Sensenbrenner, Jr. to be appointed as a U.S. Attorney-Eastern District by President Bush in November, 2001.
This could not come at a worse time for Walker, who is nearing going out of state again on his book tour where he feels unintimidated in November. This site will not provide a link to the book, which was ghost-written by a George W. Bush communications lackey who helped the United States to go into the illegal, unnecessary, multi-trillion dollar war for oil in Iraq. So it would make sense that the ghost writer would be writing a book of fiction about the Fox News Rock Star Scott Walker.