September 20, 2011

"Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was asked months ago to assist in a growing secret investigation...

"... of former and current aides to Gov. Scott Walker, but Van Hollen's office declined, sources familiar with the request said Tuesday."

25 comments:

Chef Mojo said...

Oh, lord. More garage mahal fapware...

chickenlittle said...

Secret investigations? When did Wisconsin adopt Stasi methodology?

I hope it backfires or blows up in their faces.

traditionalguy said...

When the politically powerful progressive gangs order it done, the Bureaus of investigation will gladly go rummaging through a person's life to find something to use as if the target is a criminal.

Fortunately they are inept and don't understand what they are looking at.

Unfortunately the Bureau guys will accuse the target of something anyway in the hopes that the Jury will be as confused as they are, and thereby destroy the targets reputation and finances defending the charges.

Crimso said...

Stupid legal question: if it's a John Doe investigation (kind of like double-secret probation), how can anyone be compelled to testify, since they may be the subject of the investigation?

Crimso said...

Wait, I think I've got it. We're talking about grand jury testimony? No 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination?

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kcom said...

"...but Van Hollen's office declined..."

Under the circumstances, let's hope so.

Taught said...

Van Hollen should have accepted the invitation to gain access to the behind the scenes information, and played double agent. Then, when the investigation went nowhere, should have turned coat and brought up the demmies on charges of malicious prosecution. This is war. Any means necessary.

Patrick said...

Obama has he feds on all political enemies. Gibson Guitar.

Michael Haz said...

Patrick Marley, author of the JS article linked at the top of the post, is highly antagonistic to Walker, and has been so for years. He makes stuff up. Period. The linked article is filled with fluff, innuendo and speculation, and very light on facts.

JB Van Hollen is not required to participate in every investigation someone wants. He heeds, you know, actual facts, evidence of the breaking of laws, not just what a politicians opponents gin up as quasi facts.

edutcher said...

Agree with chickenlittle.

Sounds like the Gestapo on "Hogan's Heroes".

"If you are lying, I have every legal right to shoot you. If you are telling the truth, I have every legal right to shoot you."

PS Great line delivered to perfection by the great John Dehner.

Carol_Herman said...

Wisconsin remains a toss-up state!

"Going after" Walker, after the voters chose him ... is downright STUPID!

Not that prosecutors can't indict a ham sandwich ... At some point do such stuff lacks glory.

People know when they're being conned.

Carol_Herman said...

Whatever happened to the standbys:

"I don't remember."

"I don't recall."

And, "I don't know."

If they hand you paper ... you have to assume it's yours because they say so? Really?

I've looked at stuff that doesn't look like mine ... five minutes after I've sent it.

Maybe, somebody tampered with it?

At some point ... And, you may not believe this. But the Grand Jurors get angry at the prosecutors! They get that look in their eyes ...

And, smart prosecutors stop pushing.

MadisonMan said...

Where was all the cynicism back in 2006 with Georgia Thompson?

MadisonMan said...

It's interesting that Stephen Biskupic, who prosecuted Thompson, is now on the 'other side' so to speak.

Deja vu all over again?

William said...

There's a story that since Pawlenty dropped out of the Presidential race, he's been filling in for Walker. No one has yet noticed. Walker has been using the time made available to pursue an illicit relationship with an Argentine soap opera star.

garage mahal said...

Maybe J.B. Van Hollen was just busy with other stuff last November, and didn't have a lot of departmental resources to spare. If it isn't firebombing the opposition at every corner, it isn't worth pursuing.

Beta Rube said...

Looks like Van Hollen knew the Democratic DA in Milwaukee was trying to put lipstick on a Fitzmas pig and decided to take a pass.

Mark said...

"Gone fishin'"

Maguro said...

Is this the scandal about someone posting blog comments on company time?

Beta Rube said...

Yes Maguro, it is. It's not the scandal involving the countless public employees using email accounts and school time to hate Walker, because that scandal does not apparently exist.

One of his staff had the temerity to comment on an online article during work hours.

No physical assault, no beer baths, no damage to public buildings, no hotel staff thrown to the floor.

Who says Dem DA's don't have their priorities in order?

paminwi said...

You know what I worry about? The same kind of crap that happened with Patrick Fitzgerald and who leaked Valerie Plame's name. he found out right away it was Richard Armitage but he wouldn't call the case closed. He kept after people until he got Scooter Libby to "lie" to federal officials. If Fitzgerald has done what his charge was none of the other crap would have happened.

So, who is going to be the Colin Powell in the Wiscosnin mess. You know, the one who knew everything but is told to keep their mouth shut so the digging can continue so someone, anyone, can be prosecuted?

Beta Rube said...

I agree with paminwi. When Prosecutors expend enough time and money, somebody, anybody, is going down.

It is the only way they can justify the huge waste of resources on petty political intrigues.

Strelnikov said...

Tue. Examples abound: Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, etc., etc., ad nauseum. My legal advise to anyone when asked to do or say anything to the Feds: Shut Up, Then Lawyer Up. I think I'm going to put that on my business cards...

Strelnikov said...

Oh, and although I think the Solyndra guys are felons-to-be, more power to them. Take the Fifth, baby!!