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John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Detritus » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:45 pm

jman111 wrote:My prediction, based solely on unsubstantiated rumors:
Walker will resign within 10 days.
(I was actually told that it would happen this week.)

Just figured I'd throw it out there.
Ya know...just in case.

Unsubstantiated rumors are the best kind there is. After all, if there were substance, they wouldn't really be rumors, would they?
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby jman111 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:55 pm

Just trying to be clear that there is no evidence of this being imminent.
However, the source is not known to spread tall tales.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:04 pm

If Walker does resign, then crazy church lady becomes governor (at least for a few weeks).

From the Cap Times November 3, 2010:

When speaking to a Tea Party gathering at Madison's Esquire Club this summer, Rebecca Kleefisch took a moment to compliment the crowd before launching into her stump speech for lieutenant governor.

"This is the first tea party organization that I have spoken to that prays before the beginning of the meeting, so God bless you guys for doing that and putting Jesus first," said Kleefisch. "Because if we don't stay Christ-centered, then who are we to say we should lead?"

During the same presentation Kleefisch offered her criteria for being governor: "My qualifications for a governor are a Christian man who can actually right our financial ship instead of just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic like our last administration has done for the last eight years."


Meet Wisconsin's new lieutenant governor, who pledged in a campaign flier that, if elected, she would make decisions in her official capacity the way she always has — by "relying on the wisdom and faith she has in Jesus." In the same flier, Kleefisch, who attends a nondenominational evangelical church in Oconomowoc and is married to state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, tied her opposition to abortion and gay marriage to her religious underpinnings. She recently drew national attention, much of it derisive, when she likened gay marriage to someone marrying a table, a clock or a dog.

Should Gov.-elect Scott Walker not finish his four-year term for any reason, Kleefisch would become governor. The odds of that happening are not that long...
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Detritus » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:18 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:If Walker does resign, then crazy church lady becomes governor (at least for a few weeks)

My, isn't that special.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby snoqueen » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:48 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:If Walker does resign, then crazy church lady becomes governor (at least for a few weeks).


Now let us pray.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby snoqueen » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:33 pm

Here's a blogger with some speculation about what's happening on the part of the John Doe chessboard we can't see:

http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/201 ... adise.html

I almost feel sorry for some of these lower-level underlings by now. What a nest of snakes.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby jonnygothispen » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:10 pm

^ on that note...
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/144233615.html

"Records of 2 former Walker spokespeople subpoenaed, court file says"
March 26, 2012
Two former spokespeople for Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive have captured the attention of prosecutors in the long-running secret John Doe investigation.

Fran McLaughlin, Walker's county spokeswoman, and Jon Myhre, a deputy spokesman, were among a group of seven former county employees whose personnel records were subpoenaed by prosecutors in connection with the investigation, according to court records.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:54 pm

The state GOP stikes back.

In a letter to the state Department of Justice, defense attorney Paul Bucher is requesting an investigation into the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and its handling of the John Doe investigation of aides and staff to Gov. Scott Walker.
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Bucher said in his letter that he had previously sent a letter to Judge Neal Nettesheim, who is hearing the John Doe. In that letter, Bucher said he had raised concerns that 43 people in the district attorney's office had signed petitions to recall Walker.

However, prosecutors overseeing the long-running Doe investigation weren't among those who signed, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern.
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Last September, sources told the Journal Sentinel that Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had been asked to assist in the investigation of Walker, his former and current aides. But Van Hollen's office declined, sources told the Journal Sentinel.

In December, the Journal Sentinel obtained an email from Ed Wall, head of the Justice Department's Division of Criminal Investigation. In that email, dated Nov. 15, 2010, Wall wrote, "This is one to try and stay away from. I can't see any good coming from it."
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:20 pm

The article was already updated with Van Hollen's response:
The state Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not get involved in the ongoing John Doe investigation of aides and staff to Gov. Scott Walker.

The announcement came an hour or so after Paul Bucher, a defense attorney, released a letter he had sent to the Justice Department requesting an investigation into the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and its handling of the John Doe investigation.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby jonnygothispen » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:02 pm

http://www.wisdems.org/news/blog/view/2 ... question-r
Personnel records obtained through an Open Records Request from the Milwaukee County Department of Human Resources show that Scott Walker was solely responsible for hiring Kelly Rindfleisch and Tim Russell, and for their subsequent promotions to increasingly trusted, responsible and lucrative positions in the Walker administration...
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Detritus » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:18 pm

jonnygothispen wrote:http://www.wisdems.org/news/blog/view/2012-04-breaking-new-information-answers-john-doe-question-r
Personnel records obtained through an Open Records Request from the Milwaukee County Department of Human Resources show that Scott Walker was solely responsible for hiring Kelly Rindfleisch and Tim Russell, and for their subsequent promotions to increasingly trusted, responsible and lucrative positions in the Walker administration...

Ruh-roh. Good thing the Guv recently got religion--he's gonna need the power of prayer.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed May 02, 2012 3:06 pm

Barrett: Walker needs to answer about defense fund

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on Gov. Scott Walker to clarify why he was allowed to set up a legal defense fund.

The fund relates to an ongoing investigation into activities of Walker's associates while Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Walker hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.

Officeholders can only set up such a fund if they've been charged with, or are under investigation for, election or campaign violations.

Barrett said Wednesday that Walker needs to say which conditions apply to him.


Will Walker dare reply?
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Wed May 02, 2012 3:25 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Barrett: Walker needs to answer about defense fund

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on Gov. Scott Walker to clarify why he was allowed to set up a legal defense fund.

The fund relates to an ongoing investigation into activities of Walker's associates while Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Walker hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.

Officeholders can only set up such a fund if they've been charged with, or are under investigation for, election or campaign violations.

Barrett said Wednesday that Walker needs to say which conditions apply to him.


Will Walker dare reply?


Not that Barrett shouldn't be finding a way to work the words john, doe and probe into every press release he puts out right now, but Walker's campaign made it pretty clear the when the news about the legal defense fund first broke that it was to help pay for the costs associated with cooperating with the investigation, which may or may not be allowed under GAB rules depending on which lawyer you talk to.

Beyond that, would Walker even be allowed to comment? Andrew Jensen needed special permission to make it public that charges against him had been dropped.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby Detritus » Wed May 02, 2012 3:41 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:
Officeholders can only set up such a fund if they've been charged with, or are under investigation for, election or campaign violations.


Not that Barrett shouldn't be finding a way to work the words john, doe and probe into every press release he puts out right now, but Walker's campaign made it pretty clear the when the news about the legal defense fund first broke that it was to help pay for the costs associated with cooperating with the investigation, which may or may not be allowed under GAB rules depending on which lawyer you talk to.

Beyond that, would Walker even be allowed to comment? Andrew Jensen needed special permission to make it public that charges against him had been dropped.

So, if Walker can make a statement justifying his legal defense fund, then the fund isn't justified and he's breaking the law, which means he will need a legal defense fund. If he can't make a statement, then the fund is justified because he's admitting that he's under investigation.
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Re: John Doe probe of Walker makes another move

Postby david cohen » Wed May 02, 2012 7:32 pm

I'd be running ads with Tim Russell's mug shot, the words "Child Enticement" and "Walker's Chief of Staff", and "Is this the kind of person we want as our Governor?" 24/7.
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