We’ve been watching this drama unfold for over a year now, and it’s hard to know how this will shake out, as many polls show Walker and his opponent, Tom Barrett, in a dead heat, which simply blows my mind. But I must admit to a little trepidation. I have always questioned whether the momentum to recall Walker could be sustained over such a long period, and I guess we’re about to find out.
However, whether Walker is reelected or not may prove to be a moot point. Speculation has been brewing over the “John Doe” investigation, and as we told you back in January, Walker will find himself in hot water with Ol’ Johnny Law:
Two new criminal complaints filed by the Milwaukee County DA against two aids who worked for Walker while he was with the county allege a pattern of illegal fundraising and what appears to be a systemic violation of campaign laws by Walker’s inner circle.
Both of the aids are accused of doing political work on county time. One is being charged with four felonies while the other is facing two misdemeanors. One of the two cut a deal with prosecutors under which she agreed to provide information in a related investigation about the destruction of digital evidence and to aid in further prosecutions. This is the first indication that the multifaceted John Doe investigation may be pursuing charges of evidence tampering. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the probe was focusing on possible bid rigging and other misconduct in the competition to house the county Department on Aging in private office space.
And on Sunday, Ruth Conniff, reporting for Isthmus.com, confirmed that Walker is on the short-list of federal prosecutors:
With the recall election less than two days away, federal prosecutors are closing in on Governor Scott Walker, according to veteran political reporter David Shuster, former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, and former district attorney Bob Jambois.
In a conference call organized by state Democrats on Saturday evening, June 2, Shuster, Lautenschlager, and Jambois laid out evidence that Walker is a target of a federal investigation.
Hardly surprising, but in a case of perfect timing, one of those jailed aides has come clean and thrown Walker under the bus:
Scott Walker’s closest political aide has just been named in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday as the source of damaging revelations that undermine Walker’s claim that he has cooperated with the John Doe criminal corruption probe into his current and former administrations.
Tim Russell, who was hired or promoted by Scott Walker even after he was fired for stealing from a state agency, was said in court Monday to have given Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice information that showed that, contrary to Walker’s claims, Walker was stonewalling investigators all along.
The shocking revelation that Scott Walker’s closest aide sought to damage Walker on the eve of Tuesday’s historic recall election indicated that Russell was cooperating with a prosecution against Walker himself.
“If Republicans are wondering who is leaking information about crimes that Scott Walker may have committed, they need only look into their own house. That Scott Walker’s longtime and closest political aide, who is charged with stealing from veterans, is the source of information undercutting Walker’s self-serving claims of cooperation shows with crystal clarity just why Wisconsin must remove Scott Walker from office tomorrow,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday.
“Today’s revelation removes any doubt that Scott Walker is the target of a criminal prosecution.”
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