"Fox News Host Grills Wisconsin Governor On ‘Walkergate’ Ethics Scandal"
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On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace grilled Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) about thousands of pages of e-mails released this week suggesting he knew his Milwaukee County Executive staff was illegally coordinating efforts with his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Walker refused to offer any specific defense, repeating that he was not charged and attempting to change the subject.
On Wednesday, a judge released more than 27,000 pages of email and other documents from a former Walker deputy chief of staff that were collected as part of an investigation into illegal political activity conducted out of then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s office during the 2010 campaign. Walker has consistently refused to answer questions about his own knowledge of and involvement in the scandal, dubbed “Walkergate” by his critics. The released emails included racist jokes and sexist discussions between Walker aides.
On Sunday, Wallace showed a new TV ad criticizing Walker and repeatedly pushed him to answer to the allegations. When Walker dismissed the revelations as “old news,” Wallace shot back, “Because of this dump of 25,000 documents, it’s new news to a lot of the people in the state and it’s been big news in local papers in Wisconsin.”
WALLACE: In one email that was released this week, your then chief of staff Thomas Nardelli, let’s put this up on the screen, writes campaign and county workers that you wanted to hold daily conference calls, “to review events of the day or of a previous or future day so we can better coordinate sound timely responses,” and in another e-mail county administrative director Cynthia Archer suggests that colleagues should use a private e-mail account. “I use this private account quite a bit to communicate with SKW,” that’s you, “and Nardelli, the former chief of staff.” Question: if county workers were doing nothing wrong, why should they be using a private e-mail account?
WALKER: Well, but that’s exactly to my point. you had a Democratic district attorney spend almost three years looking at every single one of those communications, interviewing people, talking to people and closed the case.
WALLACE: Did you have your own private e-mail account?
WALKER: It’s one of those where I point out district attorney has reviewed every single one of these issues.
WALLACE: But sir, you’re not answering my question.
WALKER: No, because I’m not going to get into 27,000 different pieces of information.
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A special prosecutor was appointed last year in a second investigation, probing into possible illegal activity in the 2012 Wisconsin recall elections is reportedly also investigating Walker’s campaign.