Walker Obstructed John Doe Investigation Two Years Ago

According to Dan Bice at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Milwaukee County Executive’s office has been obstructing the probe into the misappropriation of funds intended to help veterans and their families as far back as May, 2010.

On May 5, 2010, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf filed a petition with court officials asking if his office could initiate a secret investigation into what happened with $11,000 in donations intended for Operation Freedom, an annual event honoring veterans.

By making it a secret John Doe investigation, Landgraf wrote that prosecutors might get better cooperation from Walker’s office, which had been “unwilling or unable” to turn over records and information needed in the investigation. He said he would need to subpoena county records and officials.

“It may be the County Executive’s Office is reluctant to provide information to investigators due to a fear of political embarrassment,” Landgraf wrote, noting that Walker was then running for governor.

The irony was that the DA made it a John Doe investigation to help protect then-candidate Scott Walker from unnecessary political pressure.  But Landgraf didn’t anticipate the depths to which Walker and his cronies would sink to cover up their illegal activities.

… Landgraf’s filing is the first public suggestion Walker’s office later reversed course and quit cooperating.

“As part of the pre-Doe investigation, Investigator Jeffrey Doss sought to obtain documentation that would form the basis of tracing the funds from Milwaukee County to the Order,” Landgraf wrote in his May 2010 petition. “The Office of the County Executive has been unwilling or unable to provide such documentation. It is unclear at this juncture why the Office of the County Executive has not produced (or has not caused another Department to produce) these records.”


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