The PJ Tatler

Lawyer Now Says Gov. Scott Walker Was Not a Target of the 'John Doe' Investigation

This is nonsense. The John Doe investigation was a partisan job to damage a strong Republican governor ahead of his possible presidential run in 2016. When the partisan Democrats behind the investigation released documents last week, the widespread media interpretation of all that was the Walker engaged in some sort of criminal conspiracy. Now, though, he’s not even a target?

Right.

Gov. Scott Walker has not been a target of the John Doe investigation into alleged illegal campaign finance coordination, an attorney for the special prosecutor overseeing the probe said Thursday.

Randall Crocker, the lawyer for special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, noted the investigation has been halted, saying, “At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation. At no time has he been served with a subpoena.”

Crocker issued the statement a week after a court document Schmitz wrote late last year and made public late last week identified Walker as being part of an alleged “criminal scheme” to coordinate with outside groups and violate campaign finance laws.

Crocker said no conclusions have been made about whether there is enough evidence to charge anyone with a crime.

That’s sure not how the media read it. They ran off with story after story putting “Scott Walker” and “criminal” in headlines. Which is what the partisans behind the investigation wanted all along.

Walker campaign communications director Tom Evenson highlighted that line from Crocker’s letter.

“After the media’s slanderous reporting last week, today’s statement by prosecutors should serve as an opportunity for the media to correct the record and report the real facts of this story,” Evenson said.

Don’t hold your breath.