Prosecutor's Lawyer: Scott Walker Not Targeted in Criminal Probe

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Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 05:03 PM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not a target of a criminal probe into potential violation of campaign finance laws, according to a lawyer for the special prosecutor in the case.

Randall Crocker, an attorney for the special prosecutor, told the Wisconsin State Journal that when the probe was halted, the Republican governor had neither been served with a subpoena, nor was he among the targeted individuals. The probe was stopped by a federal judge, whose ruling is under appeal.

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"At the time the investigation was halted, Gov. Walker was not a target of the investigation. At no time has he been served with a subpoena."

He further added, "It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument as a finding by the special prosecutor that Governor Walker has engaged in a criminal scheme. lt is not such a finding."

Crocker released his statement after the governor was named in a court document written by Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz that was made public last week.

In the document, prosecutors alleged Walker played a role in a criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising among conservative groups in order to boost his reelection campaign and other Republican legislators facing recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Then a first-term governor, Walker survived an effort to oust him from office defeating his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, by 54 percent to 45 percent.

While Democrats contend the economy and jobs will be the focus of the upcoming campaign, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke released a new ad attacking Walker on the John Doe investigation as well as jobs, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

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