Former Waukesha DA asks Van Hollen to investigate Walker John Doe
The Milwaukee County Courthouse. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - The former district attorney in Waukesha County has asked the State Department of Justice to take over, or look into, the current John Doe investigation into now-Governor Scott Walker's staff and associates when he was Milwaukee County Executive.
According to a letter given to Newsradio 620 WTMJ, Paul Bucher is asking Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to investigate "the conduct of the John Doe to this point, any possible breaches of confidentiality within and outside of the DA's office, and any possible communication, coordination or disclosure of confidential information from this investigation to the media, the Democrat Party of WIsconsin, Mayor Tom Barrett, his family or his staff, or any entity associated with the recall of Governor Scott Walker."
According to the conservative group Media Trackers, 43 people who work in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office signed petitions to bring about a recall election against Gov. Walker.
"The current investigation has been rife with leaks that appear to be not only distributed strategically with regard to their recipients - members of the media, members of Mayor Tom Barrett's staff, Democrat party political consultants and party officials - but also with regard to their timing," claimed Bucher.
He also put forth the question about whether the John Doe investigation is "merely a partisan political witch hunt."
The Attorney General's office responded to the letter in an email to TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray:
"Our office receives many letters from many people and we do our best to respond to all of them. Among other things, our response to Mr. Bucher will inform him that we simply don’t have the legal authority to take John Doe investigations away from elected District Attorneys."
Bucher and Van Hollen both ran as Republicans for the Attorney General's office, an election that Van Hollen won. Chisholm ran as a Democrat and won the election for Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2006.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ has asked the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office for comment on this story.