[Ed. – A little startling that Politico let this be a headline, since the whole point of the probe is to smear Walker with innuendo, even though there’s nothing there and a federal judge shut the probe down last month for being a total baseless fishing expedition to begin with.]
A Wisconsin special prosecutor clarified Thursday that GOP Gov. Scott Walker was not the target of his investigation into what he described in earlier court papers as a “criminal scheme.”
Francis Schmitz, who is being accused of prosecutorial misconduct by one of the conservative groups he subpoenaed, had his own lawyer put out a statement saying that he “has made no conclusions as to whether there is sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime.”
A U.S. district judge halted Schmitz’s John Doe investigation last month, a ruling now being reviewed by the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Last week, the appellate judge unsealed the legal back-and-forth — including Schmitz’s plea to move forward with his inquiry.
“At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation,” Schmitz lawyer Randall Crocker wrote in a one-page statement. “At no time has he been served with a subpoena.”
The declaration came just hours after Mary Burke, the Democrat challenging Walker in this fall’s gubernatorial election, launched an attack ad to highlight the media coverage of the “criminal scheme” news and other bad economic reports.