#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) insisted Friday that the criminal investigation against him has already been dismissed, saying many in the media are looking at the case "backwards."
In documents unsealed Thursday, prosecutors accuse Walker and his aides of a concerted effort to sidestep campaign finance laws and illegally coordinating with some outside groups, including the Wisconsin Club for Growth.(By Mario Trujillo @ The Hill)
(Scott Walker Denying Charges)
(AP) MADISON ( Wisconsin) – June 17 2014 – No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. And both sides are arguing in court over whether the activities are covered by election laws. The documents, some written in December as prosecutors defended their investigation, for the first time publicly put Walker himself at the centre of the examination of campaigns in 2011 and 2012.
The investigation into fundraising involving Walker and his campaign, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the state Chamber of Commerce and other groups began in 2012. Walker, who rose to fame by passing a law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, was facing a recall election.
(Wisconsin Club for Growth’s Free-Speech Rights)
But the probe has been on hold since May, when a federal judge ruled it was a breach of Wisconsin Club for Growth’s free-speech rights and temporarily halted it.
State prosecutors said in the December filing that Walker, former chief of staff Keith Gilkes, top adviser R.J. Johnson and campaign operative Deborah Jordahl discussed illegal fundraising and coordination with national political groups and prominent Republican figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.
"The scope of the criminal scheme under investigation is expansive," lead prosecutor Francis Schmitz wrote in a Dec. 9 court filing objecting to an attempt by Walker’s campaign and other conservative groups to quash subpoenas. "It includes criminal violations of multiple elections laws" including filing false campaign-finance reports, Schmitz wrote.
Walker suggested that the documents mean little or nothing, given that his campaign’s position has already prevailed twice in court.
"I’m not asking people to take my word for it, or political allies," the governor said. "I’m saying look at two independent judges, at both the state and federal level, who did not buy those arguments and were rather aggressive in telling those folks to stop proceeding with that because they didn’t think it was right."
Story Broke on June 04 2012)
The criminal corruption probe swirling around Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who faces a now neck-and-neck recall election tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, are swirling ever closer if recent reports regarding progress of the investigation are accurate. As reported in the Huffington Post, Walker vehemently denies he is now a target of the investigation, however, according to the Journal Sentinel, Walker has admitted putting $160,000 in a legal defence fund, including a $100,000 transfer from his campaign account.
It has further been reported that Wisconsin law permits the creation of such a fund by an elected official only "if they, or their agent, are under investigation for, charged with, or convicted of violations of Wisconsin’s campaign finance and election laws."
Walker has clearly stated that the fund will not be used to defend any of his "agents", the six aids now under indictment (in addition to thirteen granted immunity from prosecution), leaving one to conclude that there is an obvious conflict between the law coupled with his actions and statements regarding the fund and his denials regarding the state of the investigation.
In addition, David Shuster of Take Action News and Current TV has posted a report stating that "government lawyers familiar with a Milwaukee criminal corruption probe, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now a ‘target’ of the investigation."
So it seems that Gov. Walker is in fact the target of the corruption investigation and has lied in stating that he has not, or he has lied about the purpose of the legal defence fund he has established or he has broken the law in establishing the defence fund in the first place.
Regardless of the truth of the matter, his Democratic opponent in the recall, Tom Barrett (http://www.barrettforwisconsin.com/) and his allies will be sure to pound Walker over the allegations piling on top of the undisputed facts regarding the indictments of and immunity from prosecution for 19 members of his former staff and associates.