Milwaukee County DA: Van Hollen welcome to participate in John Doe investigation

CREATED Apr 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has released a statement saying that his office has sought assistance from Wisconsin's attorney general in the John Doe investigation of aides and staff of Governor Walker, but the attorney general has declined further assistance because of a conflict of interest.

The statement comes in response to a letter sent by defense attorney Paul Bucher, requesting the DOJ take over the investigation.

Chisholm wrote in the letter, "At the outset of this investigation, we sought the oversight of an independent and well-respected judge from outside Milwaukee County."  The letter said that Judge Neal Nettesheim has overseen the investigation as the John Doe judge and is "beyond any possible reproach regarding the handling of this matter."

The letter adds that the DOJ was a former participant of a John Doe inquiry and assisted the John Doe judge in the investigation of William Gardner and the Wisconsin Southern Railroad.

According to the letter, "The Attorney General declined to provide further assistance to the John Doe investigation because of his legal representation of Governor Walker and the Attorney General's conflict of interest."

Chisholm wrote that he respects the attorney general's position and that he has sought the FBI for assistance in this investigation.

Chisholm concluded by saying that the attorney general is welcome to participate "at any time he deems appropriate."