Walker maintains he did nothing wrong connected to John Doe

CREATED Nov 27, 2012

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MENOMONEE FALLS - As Governor Walker spent time touting job creation efforts in Menomonee Falls, he was facing question Tuesday about the lingering John Doe investigation into his employees when he was Milwaukee County Executive.

The Governor has maintained that he did nothing wrong throughout the investigation.

"That's what we've been told repeatedly," Walker told TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

"My thought is, throughout this process of more than two years, if there were bigger concerns, they'd be coming to us about those."

Walker's camp blew the whistle on his former aide as County Executive, Timothy Russell.

Prosecutors say Russell embezzled $20,000 from "Operation Freedom," a program to help veterans.

Russell was expected to formally accept a plea deal from prosecutors.

"We don't know what the particulars are, but I think it would be good for them to more forward and complete with that," said Walker.

Walker's other two former aides charged in the investigation, Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink, also took plea deals for campaigning on county time.

The Governor maintained he did not know about their illegal campaign work.

"The day we found information...that person was no longer working for the county at that time, and had we known the same about Ms. Rindfleisch, we would have taken the same action."

Russell could face 14 years in prison and pay a fine if convicted.