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

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. 

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: