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Gov. Scott Walker Affirms Distance From John Doe Probe

Walker maintains he had nothing to do with the ongoing investigation, and says he would have done the right thing if he had knowledge of any misconduct.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday confidently stated that he has no worries when it comes to the ongoing John Doe investigation.

Walker maintained he has done nothing wrong, and has no knowledge of illegal campaign activities that may have occurred on the taxpayers' dime during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Walker distanced himself from the investigation while visiting Tailored Label Products in Menomonee Falls.

“We’ve been told repeatedly, if there were bigger concerns, they would be coming to us,” Walker said. “Remember, we were the ones asking for this two years ago, and brought it to their attention.”

Walker is of course referring to blowing the whistle on his former aide, Timothy Russell. Russell is accused of embezzling $20,000 from a program designed to help veterans. Russell could face up to 14 years in prison along with fines, but his lawyers made a plea deal that has not been disclosed to the public.

“I think it would be good for them to be able to move forward and be completed. Obviously, we are very disturbed about what we learned in that case,” Walker said.

Two other former Walker aides, Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink, also took plea deals in charges that they campaigned on county time. There was talk in September that Walker could take the witness stand had Rindfleisch’s case gone to trial. Walker told reporters Tuesday that he would have done the right thing he he known about Rindfleish’s conduct.

“Two years ago, the day we found out that information, (Russell) was no longer working with the county. Had we known the same about Rindfleisch, we would have taken the same action,” he said.

Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Why was there not a news article written about the John Doe being closed after 2 years and clearing Walker??? There were multiple articles linking Walker to the John Doe over the past years. Barrett even made false accusations during the recall campaign.
John Wilson March 05, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Steve ® - Assumptions simply proliferate here... Where was it reported that the John Doe Probe was “closed?” Where was it reported that Gov. Walker was “cleared?” Typically, John Doe Probes go on and they may or may not announce that they are closed. Typically, too, they NEVER announce that ANYONE is “cleared.” What usually happens is that a John Doe Probe may close and 1) there has not been sufficient evidence accumulated to GUARANTEE a conviction 2) you do NOT want to charge a Gov. with a crime unless you can GUARANTEE a CONVICTION, because if you lose in court, your political career is over. In either case, that does not mean anyone has been “cleared.” It is like the OJ Trial, he was found “Not Guilty” in a trial. That merely means that there was not enough evidence to obtain a conviction with that jury, not that he was “cleared” or found innocent…
Walker March 05, 2013 at 01:11 PM
On the front page of the Sunday Journal.
Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM
You are insane John. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/report-scott-walker-probe-closed-with-no-new-charges-qh8vsfb-194194091.html ►John Doe probe of Scott Walker office closed with no new charges◄
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Steve ® - Six out of six charged is an excellent conviction rate! “After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that [all charges that are supported by proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) have now been brought and concluded,"] Chisholm said in a statement. "As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has granted, the closure of the John Doe investigation." “Under the judge's direction, the order closing the investigation was made public. Otherwise, the John Doe secrecy order remains in effect for testimony and documents in the case.” Perhaps now Gov. Walker will be able to “focus like a laser” – just like the 112th (R) Congress did – on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! After all, he only has less than 2-years to create the other 209,000 new jobs, which would fulfill his campaign promise of 250,000 new jobs in his governorship.

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