A former top-level assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed a special prosecutor in a burgeoning, secret investigation into a wide variety of state issues, including possible campaign violations during the recent recall elections, multiple sources said.The article goes on to point out that the special prosecutor, Francis Schmitz, takes away Walker's ability to scream politics because she didn't sign any recall petitions and she was considered for the US Attorney position by George Bush. Apparently she wasn't corrupt so she didn't get the position.
Francis Schmitz — who spent nearly 30 years as a federal prosecutor and was once a finalist for U.S. attorney in Milwaukee — is leading the widespread John Doe probe, according to sources.
Overseeing the case is Kenosha County Circuit Judge Barbara A. Kluka, who has been used by Milwaukee County judicial officials in past John Doe cases.
Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, whose office initiated the probe, declined to answer questions about the John Doe on Friday. Insiders said the investigation covers several jurisdictions, including Dane County. Police and prosecutors in these other counties have been lending a helping hand.
"It's now spread to at least five counties," said a source familiar with the probe, adding that Landgraf has been investigating "all over the place."
Another source said one reason that these other counties have been roped into the investigation is a new state law that allows elected officials to be tried in their home counties for violations of ethics, lobbying and campaign laws. Ex-Assembly Majority Leader Scott Jensen had his case moved to Waukesha County under a Supreme Court ruling because of the law.
Sources said the investigation is following up on a number of leads turned up by an earlier John Doe probe, which was led by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm into the former and current aides of Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive.
But hold on to your seats, boys and girls! As we all know, when it comes to all things Walker, there is more. There is always more:
It appears the state-related case opened in February 2012, meaning it was active at the same time as the one focusing on Walker's county aides.
However, several sources said they became aware of the newer probe only in the past month and that much of the recent activity has taken place in Madison.
Sources familiar with the probe told the Journal Sentinel that it was scrutinizing a wide variety of state-related issues, including the recall races. Sources suggested the probe is looking at a current legislative leader and the governor's contest.
"This is activity that occurred since the 2010 election," said a source.
As the gentle reader is aware, Cog Dis have been following the Walkergate saga closely . This new level of a probe could be looking at numerous players - ranging from Robin Vos to Scott Fitzgerald to Brett Davis. It could include things like the pay for play Walker and his staff were doing, the politicking out of the Capitol,
Someone might want to check with the GAB and see who might have filed legal