John Doe Investigation Over
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The John Doe investigation into former aides of Governor Scott Walker is over. The Milwaukee County District Attorney says the governor will not face any charges. But the three year investigation did lead to charges against six people.
Governor Walker has been vindicated. Something he has been saying from the very beginning. A dark cloud hanging over his head is now gone.
"I think this is certainly a vindication for the governor, but certainly not unexpected. They really were searching for a way to tie the governor to some sort of wrong doing," Republican Representative Andre Jacque said.
The investigation dates back to when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive. It was his administration that first raised concerns with the D.A.'s office about money missing from a non-profit veterans group. That lead to the conviction of former walker aide Tim Russell.
But the investigation also uncovered problems for two other Walker aides. Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindflesch were convicted of illegally campaigning on county time.
Political analyst Michael Kraft says while the case is over, it will follow Walker down the campaign trail.
"I would think the governor is certain to be attacked by democrats on the grounds that his closest aides and possibly the governor were under investigation," Kraft said.
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca issued this statement, "While the governor was not charged, he must make a statement accepting responsibility..and apologize to the taxpayers, particularly the veterans, who were cheated."
Governor Walker also released a statement, "I am glad the process has been completed. As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom. We appreciate the effort that was undertaken and to bring appropriate matters to justice."
Milwaukee County D.A. John Chisholm has no comment on his decision to end the investigation.