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John Doe investigation grows wider; prosecutor makes open records request


MILWAUKEE (WSAU)  A long-running John Doe investigation into Governor Scott Walker’s aides has gone beyond his time as the Milwaukee County executive – and it’s now dealing with state government.

County prosecutors have spent over two years looking into allegations that reportedly include embezzlement, bid-rigging, and illegal tax-funded campaigning. Today the Journal Sentinel reports that a Milwaukee prosecutor sought records from the governor’s office concerning over 20 professional staffers hired since Walker took over state government. And a day after seeking those records, an assistant D-A met with the chief legal counsel for state Administration Department. Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said she didn’t know why prosecutors made the inquiries. And she said there’s no indication of any impropriety at the state level.

Some questions were raised because the investigator's open records request wasn't made on official office letterhead; it was submitted on a regular piece of paper. The investigator's office phone number and address were used. One of the items requested were details about a private email account.

Five of Walker’s former Milwaukee County aides have been charged with offenses ranging from embezzlement to campaigning on county time. One pleaded guilty in exchange for cooperating with the probe. The other cases are still pending.