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Gov. Walker reiterates that he's not target of John Doe investigation


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker repeated Tuesday that he is not the target of the two-year-old John Doe investigation into his former Milwaukee County Executive’s office.

Walker said his attorneys have been told that the Republican governor has not been investigated. But he would not say who provided the information, saying he cannot talk about it until the probe is complete.

Last Friday, Walker said he was creating a legal defense fund to pay for the attorneys he’s been using in speaking with Milwaukee County prosecutors about the John Doe. That brought up immediate speculation by at least some legal experts that Walker’s been targeted.

Under state law, government officials cannot seek donations for legal defense funds unless they’re being investigated – or if they’ve been charged with election law violations.

Walker said one of his campaign lawyers spoke with officials of the Government Accountability Board – and he was told that the defense fund was the best way for him to proceed.

Previous campaign donations can be used – but the donors must approve. And officials must report all donors who give $50 or more.