MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on the leak of documents from a secret investigation into whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups (all times local):
Republican legislators want Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to investigate how documents from a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign were leaked to a newspaper.
Prosecutors launched an investigation in 2012 into whether Walker and his fundraisers illegally coordinated with outside groups during the recall. The state Supreme Court halted the probe in 2015.
The Guardian released hundreds of pages from the investigation Wednesday that show Walker and his fundraisers solicited business executives to give to the Wisconsin Club for Growth.
Whoever leaked the documents committed a crime.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Reps. Jim Steineke and John Nygren sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General Brad Schimel asking him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leak. Schimel tweeted he was weighing his options. His spokesman says he wouldn’t discuss details that could jeopardize a potential or ongoing investigation.
Gov. Scott Walker says there was nothing illegal about campaign donations from corporate leaders given to a conservative group that helped him and Republican legislators fend off recall challenges.
Speaking on WTMJ-AM Thursday, Walker responded to a report in the Guardian, a British newspaper that obtained more than 1,000 pages of leaked documents from a secret investigation into whether Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups. The so-called John Doe investigation was halted in 2015 by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The Republican governor cited court rulings that shut down the investigation, including at the circuit level, “because it clearly didn’t show anything illegal.”
Prosecutors have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let them re-start the investigation. Justices will consider that request on Sept. 26.