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Thu Dec 7, 2017, 05:50 PM

John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker gathered millions of pages of records from Republicans

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

MADISON - A sweeping and now-closed investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign gathered millions of pages of records about Republicans, prompting a U.S. Senate candidate to say she was considering legal responses.

Prosecutors issued at least 218 subpoenas that generated more than 500,000 emails and other documents totaling millions of pages, according to the report by GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel that became public Wednesday.

U.S. Senate candidate and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) told WTMJ-AM (620) on Thursday she was looking at court or legislative action to respond to her personal emails being scooped up without her knowledge.

"I am horrified to learn again just how invasive this witch hunt was into nearly every part of every major Wisconsin conservativeís life," Vukmir said in a Wednesday statement. "Now itís confirmed that it reached my own, even so far as to collect private medical information included in my emails with my daughter ... The thought of my government intentionally and illegally targeting me is sickening."

Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2017/12/07/john-doe-investigation-into-gov-scott-walker-gathered-millions-pages-records-republicans/931342001/

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Reply John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker gathered millions of pages of records from Republicans (Original post)
alp227 Thursday OP
L. Coyote Thursday #1
louis-t Thursday #2
riversedge Thursday #3
red dog 1 Thursday #4
blue-wave Thursday #5
rlegro Friday #6
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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 06:06 PM

1. Hello Russia, Hillary's e-mails are hidden in this throve.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 06:13 PM

2. Where's my fucking violin?

Oh, here it is:

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 06:19 PM

3. state sen. vukmir is as bad as any Republican--like Walker, McConnell, Ryan, etc.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 08:07 PM

4. Kick for exposure!

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Dec 7, 2017, 10:24 PM

5. You Have Got To Be

fucking kidding me! A reichwinger crying that her privacy was invaded. Well cry me a fucking river. I'll put money on this; If she makes it to the U.S. Senate, she will likely be the loudest voice to take away the rights of every American.

I've evolved to believe that every republican is a traitor and thief. I don't trust anything that any one of them ever espouses.

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Fri Dec 8, 2017, 01:58 AM

6. This inquiry was legally conducted

It was so legal that the GOP legislature subsequently eliminated the Doe probe process -- a long-standing tool in Wisconsin organized-crime investigations -- for any politically related activity. After the fact, they in effect admitted their guilt by getting rid of the tool going forward. Now they can cheat with impunity!

Millions of pages? Not surprising that potentially campaign-related records would be that large. After all, prosecutors who subpoena records using a lawful court order don't in advance have any way to sift through them. Which is why FBI agents in federal cases show up at, say, Manafort's house and cart out entire computers. It was a set of forensic searches of numerous individuals involved in the campaign activity, based on probable cause and approved by a court after the John Doe special prosecutor -- a Republican! -- provided a convincing legal justification for these searches.

And here's the probable cause in the Walker Doe in the Doe probe: Millions -- even tens of millions -- of dollars in contributions were solicited and sent to supposedly "independent" campaign groups at times in coordination between candidate Scott Walker personally and the guys running those independent groups. That kind of coordination ("collusion," if you prefer) is still illegal, despite the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision that pre-empted the investigation in mid-flight. The court ham-handedly misquoted the U.S. Supreme Court in that regard.

Further, the Wisconsin high court included several conservative justices who received large campaign cash support from those same "independent" groups, yet those justices -- ignoring another U.S. Supreme Court decision -- declined to recuse themselves. A classic Republican define-on-the-fly whitewash operation.

What Trump has been trying to do in the Mueller probe -- close it down before it can complete a full investigation-- was precisely what the Republicans and conservative action groups succeeded in doing in Wisconsin.

In typical overreach, the ever-so-aggrieved targets of the quashed Wisconsin probe are now using the state's GOP attorney general (a real political hack) to go after the former special prosecutor by using and thus making public some of the very subpoenaed documents that the Wisconsin Supreme Court, at the urging of the targets, earlier ordered destroyed (a federal court blocked that destruction of evidence).

To prove his case against the special prosecutor et. al., the attorney general clearly has been cherry-picking those preserved documents. Look, extraneous information! Yet the "independent" groups in their petition to the Wisconsin court claimed public disclosure of the documents would slander them. Yet some of them had already leaked information about the closed-door investigation selectively, in effect outing themselves so they could build a privacy-violation argument.

In short, they're saying: It's perfectly okay that we leaked information about ourselves so we could claim our names were being sullied in getting the state supreme court to kill the inquiry, but The Guardian story and any other leaks no matter their origin (and we haven't been able to figure that part out) are crimes against us, so the former special prosecutor should take the fall.

They're also in effect saying: The law of the time be damned; courts and prosecutors had no right to investigate our activity, despite some of our own words and records implicating ourselves in criminal activity. Which is why when we're done making this prosecutor guy an example of what we do to people who question our business, we'll again ask the court to destroy the evidence he and his team collected against us.

So it's a book-burning, of sorts. And if someone ever develops a selective memory-wiping device, Republicans might then insist that all state residents undergo the procedure so no one recalls a thing about this utterly sordid and crass affair. This whole GOP operation has been a complete George Orwell mind fuck.

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Fri Dec 8, 2017, 09:18 AM

7. makes me laugh

Vukmir is a chairperson at ALEC.

Just another Kochroach that runs screaming when some light is shed on them.

F**k 'em all!

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