Scott Walker Says He Hopes ‘John Doe’ Investigation Ends Soon

Michael Bonfigli

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes a secret “John Doe” investigation going on in the state ends soon.

The investigation, which is being led by a former federal prosecutor, is reportedly looking into state-level issues in Wisconsin, including the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Earlier this year, dozens of conservative groups, both local and national, were hit with subpoenas in connection with the probe. 

In an interview with the AP, Walker declined to comment about the investigation, saying only that he hopes it ends quickly because “it’s like trying to have a discussion with both hands tied behind your back.” John Doe investigations in Wisconsin are generally secret, and parties involved are ordered not to discuss it publicly.

Walker also declined to tell the AP if he has re-opened a criminal defense fund or met with investigators. 

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