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This is a compilation of commentary and links to John Doe II articles.
Friday May 30
In case you missed it – — Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will release a new round of emails culled during the John Doe probe.
“Abele will be responsible for disseminating them to anyone who requests them, but he said he won’t decide exactly how he will handle requests until [Judge] Nettesheim enters a written order detailing what records will be turned over to the county.” – source
Bruce Murphy says that O’Keefe and Koch just aren’t into Scott Walker’s political career anymore. They’d rather destroy campaign finance laws with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court.
See the article Why Walker Has Split With Conservatives
O’Keefe is suing G.A.B.
The conservative mouthpiece WatchDog.org has reported that Eric O’Keefe filed a lawsuit this morning against Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board for having “exceeded its statutory authority and evaded its statutory obligations by pursuing and funding a far-reaching criminal investigation into virtually every conservative-leaning group in Wisconsin”. The suit is filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
“The GAB’s use of a John Doe has created a Frankenstein monster,” the complaint states. “The GAB has grafted its existing powers for civil enforcement of campaign finance laws onto law enforcement powers borrowed from John Doe statute, and from this hybrid bundle of investigative powers, has lopped off vital procedural protections.”
Eric O’Keefe is continuing to use the judicial system as his mouthpiece.
He also wants this:
“O’Keefe and the club seek a judgment declaring the GAB has made and continues to make “illegal expenditures associated with its participation in the secret John Doe proceeding, and enjoining GAB from making any additional unlawful expenditures of public funds.”
A man who has access to unlimited funds is trying to eliminate funding for the agency in Wisconsin government that investigates crooks like him.
As of Thursday May 29 we have
“Conservatives stung by talk of John Doe settlement with Scott Walker” by Stein, Marley, and Bill Glauber in which we get the impression that Wisconsin Club for Growth (A.K.A. Eric O’Keefe) is worried that Scott Walker’s campaign will be forbidden from associating with Wisconsin Club for Growth in a settlement deal that prosecutor Francis Schmitz is working on with Scott Walker’s attorney Steve Biskupic.
We also get the impression that other Walker allies targeted by the John Doe probe are worried that Walker isn’t their puppet anymore.
That is how I interpret the complaint that Walker’s lawyer Steven Biskupic is not “being aggressive enough with prosecutors and not acting in their best interests” – “their” being those other targets.
In response to all the gossip, there is a two sentence statement from Friends of Scott Walker, the Guv’s campaign arm.:
“Neither Governor Walker nor his campaign committee are parties to the federal lawsuit. This means they have no legal standing to reach a settlement or deal in their lawsuit”.
The statement specifies “the federal lawsuit”.
What about the three state court cases?
But the statement does not address several cases in state court in which prosecutors overseeing the Doe are involved. Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz late yesterday asked U.S. Judge Rudolph Randa for clarification on his order halting the Doe and whether it includes talks “with counsel for individuals and organizations that were subjects of the John Doe investigation and that are parties in the state-court proceedings.”
“Schmitz’s filing notes three separate cases are now pending in state courts related to the Doe and asked if prosecutors are prohibited by the injunction from participating in those proceedings.”
That anonymous thing published in the Wall Street Journal said the attorney for Friends of Scott Walker “has been negotiating with Wisconsin special prosecutor Francis Schmitz to settle the state’s investigation”.
The terse Friends of Walker statement has caused great consternation with local conservatives.
From WatchDog.org we learn that “one legal expert with knowledge of the John Doe investigation” informed right wing rag Wisconsin Reporter that he is “baffled” by the statement.
This WatchDog excerpt quotes the unnamed legal “expert”:
“If someone believed this was going to mollify Eric O’Keefe and the others, that’s incredibly naïve, to the point of incredible,” said the legal source, who asked not to be identified due to his proximity to the probe. “So what’s the point in putting this statement out?”
“There is an incredible tone deafness to” the statement, the source added.
“Tone deafness”. This phrase reminds me of blindness and that reminds me of when Scott Walker couldn’t see the Wisconsinites protesting in record numbers on the grounds of his own state office building.
Back then Wisco conservatives held their lips and flanks so tightly together. Times are changing.
And I doubt Club for Growth can hire an undercover videographer to help them get their way THIS time.
(Thinks to self: Do we have some popcorn in the house?)