On Friday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced the formation of a legal defense fund as a result of a John Doe criminal investigation of activities that took place during his time as county executive.
Wisconsin law only permits the formation of a legal defense fund when an official “is being investigated for or charged with a violation of campaign finance laws or prohibited election practices.” The creation of the fund is an admission, even passively, that the Walker administration just acknowledged its under investigation.
Walker’s campaign released the following statement:
“For nearly two years, Milwaukee County officials have been examining issues related to former employees of the County. I have repeatedly pledged my cooperation with that inquiry. I also made it clear that no public money has been used, or will be used, to pay for the attorneys needed to review documents and assist me in cooperating.
“To fulfill my commitment, I have today formed a legal fund to pay for the expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry. The fund will operate in accordance with the Wisconsin law authorizing these accounts, which was passed almost thirty years ago.”
Last month Walker announced that he had hired two criminal defense attorneys to represent him in the investigation. So far, four former Walker courthouse aides and appointees have been charged through the 22 month investigation.
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