Court documents: “probable cause” that Walker committed felony in 2011

According to documents filed in federal court yesterday, Scott Walker was the subject of a criminal probe in 2011, despite his repeated claims that he was never investigated personally.

Investigator Robert Stelter wrote in 2011, “I submit that there is probable cause to believe that Scott Walker, John Hiller and Andrew Jensen, in concert together, committed a felony, i.e., Misconduct in Public Office…” in a request for a search warrant. The allegation referred to a real estate deal that Walker had been a part of during his time as Milwaukee County Executive.

Walker was never charged with a crime, and the investigation was closed two years ago.

However, as TalkingPointsMemo noted, Walker has repeatedly and emphatically denied that he was ever directly targeted by investigators in connection to the deal:

Walker has repeatedly denied that he was under federal investigation, according to the Capital Times.

“Absolutely not,” he said June 2012, according to Buzzfeed News. “One hundred percent wrong. Could not be more wrong. It’s just more of the liberal scare tactics out there, desperately trying to get the (gubernatorial) campaign off target.”

So Walker was very obviously lying when he downplayed the investigation.

Since that investigation closed, Walker and his campaign have been the subject of numerous other criminal allegations. The same inquiry that eventually cleared Walker of felony Misconduct in Public Office did produce convictions for operatives close to him. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Scott Walker, via Gil C / Shutterstock.com

Scott Walker, via Gil C / Shutterstock.com

The wide-ranging inquiry resulted in charges and convictions of six Walker aides and associates for matters that included campaigning using taxpayer resources and stealing from a veterans fund. Prosecutors did not ultimately charge anyone over the real estate deal, and they shut down the probe in March 2013.

Before closing it, they opened a second investigation into whether Walker’s campaign had violated campaign finance laws by working closely with conservative groups. The state Supreme Court ended that investigation last month, concluding no laws had been broken.

Since becoming governor, Walker has also attempted to roll back Wisconsin’s open records law, a move he abandoned after the public pushed back. Since it’s generally considered to be pretty sketch when an already-shady politician tries to make it easier to hide things from the public.

How much do we want to bet that no one asks Walker about his flat-out lie in the debate tonight? Ten million dollars?


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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5 Responses to “Court documents: “probable cause” that Walker committed felony in 2011”

  1. FLL says:

    Yes, just scratching the surface.

  2. BeccaM says:

    Scott Walker: A modern-day Warren G Harding candidate, basically.

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  4. Indigo says:

    The unscrupulous are in the saddle nation wide. This worrisome.

  5. The_Fixer says:

    And this is just the stuff that we know about.

    I think that there is likely far more that can be discovered if one diligently looks into his activities since he entered public life.

    It’s safe to say that he is a crook, and does not deserve to be the Governor of Wisconsin, let alone the President. Aside from that, he’s vindictive and spiteful. He treats anyone who disagrees with him as an enemy, and will take whatever steps he sees fit as payback.

    I hope somebody finally gets him busted and thrown out of office and thrown into jail. Eventually, Teflon wears off and things begin to stick. I hope that day comes soon.

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