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Gov. Scott Walker Affirms Distance From John Doe Probe

Walker maintains he had nothing to do with the ongoing investigation, and says he would have done the right thing if he had knowledge of any misconduct.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday confidently stated that he has no worries when it comes to the ongoing John Doe investigation.

Walker maintained he has done nothing wrong, and has no knowledge of illegal campaign activities that may have occurred on the taxpayers' dime during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Walker distanced himself from the investigation while visiting Tailored Label Products in Menomonee Falls.

“We’ve been told repeatedly, if there were bigger concerns, they would be coming to us,” Walker said. “Remember, we were the ones asking for this two years ago, and brought it to their attention.”

Walker is of course referring to blowing the whistle on his former aide, Timothy Russell. Russell is accused of embezzling $20,000 from a program designed to help veterans. Russell could face up to 14 years in prison along with fines, but his lawyers made a plea deal that has not been disclosed to the public.

“I think it would be good for them to be able to move forward and be completed. Obviously, we are very disturbed about what we learned in that case,” Walker said.

Two other former Walker aides, Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink, also took plea deals in charges that they campaigned on county time. There was talk in September that Walker could take the witness stand had Rindfleisch’s case gone to trial. Walker told reporters Tuesday that he would have done the right thing he he known about Rindfleish’s conduct.

“Two years ago, the day we found out that information, (Russell) was no longer working with the county. Had we known the same about Rindfleisch, we would have taken the same action,” he said.

The Anti-Alinsky December 01, 2012 at 04:15 AM
AAAAAAAAND Johnny runs away with his tail between his legs.
The Anti-Alinsky December 01, 2012 at 04:20 AM
John Wilson wrote: "“Russell, 49, of Sun Prairie, was charged in January with “two felonies” and “a misdemeanor for allegedly stealing money from a fund for veterans” and “from the campaign committees of two Milwaukee County Board candidates.” This person stole money from veterans! HOW DID HE GET OFF SO EASY? Now, you can read whatever you want into that… “Russell faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine when he is sentenced by Judge David Hansher, who is “not obligated to follow the plea deal” worked out between Landgraf, Russell and Mathers. The original charges held penalties of up to 14 years in prison and $45,000 in fines...” Sorry Johnny, but this is an outrageous sentence: http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20121126/FON0101/311260316/10-years-probation-given-baby-s-death
Drive To 24 December 01, 2012 at 04:45 AM
@anti- I'll ignore your insults and ask you if you've heard an update on this accidental bid rigging.
Drive To 24 December 01, 2012 at 04:50 AM
@Greg- have you seen the cost of the litigation against the laws Walker signed. Just saying- everything is relative ....
James R Hoffa December 01, 2012 at 08:16 AM
@Drive To 24 - The costs that the state is incurring in defending against frivolous lawsuits is resultant of the sore loser blue fisters - not Governor Walker or the legislation. Just saying...
Drive To 24 December 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
@james- I guess the definition of frivolous depends on your point of view.
The Anti-Alinsky December 02, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Drive To 24, the only "insult" is to point out your incorrect conclusions. As far as an update, nothing newer than reported.
Drive To 24 December 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
@anti "DriveTo 24 is making very little sense....as usual." So Anti- how would you classify this remark of yours.
The Anti-Alinsky December 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
John Wilson wrote: "...First, Windows XP OS is the greatest OS that Microsoft ever released..." I noticed you had to qualify that by pointing out it was a Microsoft product. I am still waiting for the Microsoft OS that will be as good as they claim. In the meantime, I bet you use a Mac don't you?
The Anti-Alinsky December 03, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Drive, I classify it as clever analysis and calling it the way I see it!
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Just listening to him Ed.
Drive To 24 December 03, 2012 at 03:27 AM
How clever of you Anti- I feel better now.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Luke ... Walker is still being investigated, the feds just don't want you to know that.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Steve ... maybe its because all the people he hired are all crimminals including his best friend Russell. You can't be that stupid Stevie ... then again I guess you might be.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Walker knew all.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:46 AM
@ Terry .... Does anyone really believe that if Chisholm had anything actionable on Walker that he would have waited this long. The answer is yes and after the last 4 convictions am sure that Chiz and the Feds have a hell of alot more.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Terry ... Took 4 years to imprison Bogo ... Next is Bonzo.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 04:02 AM
" Walker said. "I said, like most people I would be happy and hopeful that it might be done this week," Walker said." when Walker speaks WHO ARE " like most people ". THE Most People that I know want to see this thug imprisioned for life. The only one that wants this over is Preibus the God Father, and I think that he is also on the Feds list.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Drive 2 24 ... That's just one example of how ... Walker = Coruption.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Weseals don't have character.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I like open for fraud.
Bucky December 03, 2012 at 04:21 AM
When Walker is indited, maybe all you clowns can take turns on suiside watch. If not this trial may cost the good paying tax payers a great deal of more $$ in regards to prelonging his conviction.
Bucky December 04, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The J S news paper does not include the facts that let you know Scott Walker was lying about his full cooperation with the DA.The paper says Tom Nardelli alerted the Milwaukee County DA of a shortfall of about $11,000 in “Operation Freedom” money in 2009 BUT neglects to note that the reason the investigation turned into a secret one – - known as a “John Doe” probe in Wisconsin — is because Scott Walker’s office stonewalled the DA. And the reason that you and I came to know this is because Timothy Russell’s own legal representation, Dennis Krueger, let the cat out of the bag by directing a document straight to reporter Daniel Bice of the J S. Watch for Brett Davis's name to be included in the inditments. I got a Feeling that 2013 is going to be a great year for convictions ... Right Scooter.
John Wilson December 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Bucky - A lot of this has been well reported, along the way, as well as the fact that numerous other “Defense Attorneys” have leaked sensitive information to the press. No one with more than 2 brain cells ever believed that Walker or a member of his staff called this missing money discrepancy to the DA’s attention, and then quickly went and hired “Defense Attorneys” and subsequently told the press that he was “cooperating” in the subsequent investigation(s), while telling people to be silent and dissembling when questioned by law enforcement. Walker and 6-other governors will be meeting next week with President Obama, ostensibly over the fiscal cliff, one only wonders if he will he bringing his industrial strength kneepads… This is destined not to turn out too well for either Walker or his lemmings in the TAP.
Jerry Person December 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
walker has been running scared for a few years. He thinks his runnuing is protecting him. He is John doe walker.
Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Why was there not a news article written about the John Doe being closed after 2 years and clearing Walker??? There were multiple articles linking Walker to the John Doe over the past years. Barrett even made false accusations during the recall campaign.
John Wilson March 05, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Steve ® - Assumptions simply proliferate here... Where was it reported that the John Doe Probe was “closed?” Where was it reported that Gov. Walker was “cleared?” Typically, John Doe Probes go on and they may or may not announce that they are closed. Typically, too, they NEVER announce that ANYONE is “cleared.” What usually happens is that a John Doe Probe may close and 1) there has not been sufficient evidence accumulated to GUARANTEE a conviction 2) you do NOT want to charge a Gov. with a crime unless you can GUARANTEE a CONVICTION, because if you lose in court, your political career is over. In either case, that does not mean anyone has been “cleared.” It is like the OJ Trial, he was found “Not Guilty” in a trial. That merely means that there was not enough evidence to obtain a conviction with that jury, not that he was “cleared” or found innocent…
Walker March 05, 2013 at 01:11 PM
On the front page of the Sunday Journal.
Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:36 PM
You are insane John. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/report-scott-walker-probe-closed-with-no-new-charges-qh8vsfb-194194091.html ►John Doe probe of Scott Walker office closed with no new charges◄
John Wilson March 06, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Steve ® - Six out of six charged is an excellent conviction rate! “After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that [all charges that are supported by proof (beyond a reasonable doubt) have now been brought and concluded,"] Chisholm said in a statement. "As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has granted, the closure of the John Doe investigation." “Under the judge's direction, the order closing the investigation was made public. Otherwise, the John Doe secrecy order remains in effect for testimony and documents in the case.” Perhaps now Gov. Walker will be able to “focus like a laser” – just like the 112th (R) Congress did – on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! After all, he only has less than 2-years to create the other 209,000 new jobs, which would fulfill his campaign promise of 250,000 new jobs in his governorship.

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