John Doe investigation has spread to five Wisconsin countiesThe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that a secret “John Doe” investigation has expanded to five counties.
By: Patty Murray, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that a secret “John Doe” investigation has expanded to five counties.
Earlier this year, another John Doe investigation implicated three former aids of Gov. Scott Walker who worked for him while he was Milwaukee County executive.
The paper cites unnamed sources who say the investigation has spread to at least five counties, including Dane. They also say it involves activities during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.
During a stop in Green Bay, Walker noted the timing of the article, with Democrat Mary Burke having announced her candidacy for governor earlier this month.
“We expected that with a new Democrat candidate for governor in the race that there would be stories like this along the way,” says Walker.
The Journal Sentinel reports the investigation has been quietly proceeding for more than a year. Walker says he’s not questioning any political motivations of the investigation itself.
“My comment is just in terms of stories and when the timing of those stories come up,” says Walker. “In terms of the details, I don't know anything more to be able to judge in that regard.”
The governor noted that the story was published after a $100 million property tax cut was signed into law over the weekend.
John Doe investigations allow testimony to remain secret. This spring six people, including three former county aids, either pleaded guilty or were convicted of criminal charges. The governor was never charged.