Christie and Walker both tried to block and delay investigations into their staff’s wrongdoing.
Milwaukee County Prosecutors Opened The Secret John Doe Criminal Investigation After Being Stonewalled By Walker’s County Executive Administration. According to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “Milwaukee County prosecutors opened the secret John Doe criminal investigation more than two years ago after being stonewalled by Gov. Scott Walker’s office when he was county executive, according to a newly released record.” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5/31/12]
Prosecutors Said Walker’s Administration Was ‘Unwilling Or Unable’ To Turn Over Records And Information Needed In The Investigation.According to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “On May 5, 2010, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf filed a petition with court officials asking if his office could initiate a secret investigation into what happened with $11,000 in donations intended for Operation Freedom, an annual event honoring veterans. By making it a secret John Doe investigation, Landgraf wrote that prosecutors might get better cooperation from Walker’s office, which had been ‘unwilling or unable’ to turn over records and information needed in the investigation. He said he would need to subpoena county records and officials.” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5/31/12]
Christie Administration Refused To Release Private Schedules, Cited “Executive Privilege.” According to the New York Times, “With Governor Christie’s administration facing several investigations into the traffic scandal, the researchers at American Bridge have been filing requests for documents that might implicate him. When their requests are denied, as a few already have been, they alert the news media. For example, on Wednesday, American Bridge announced that Mr. Christie’s office had denied its request for copies of the governor’s private schedules. The grounds cited for the rejection were ‘executive privilege and deliberative process privilege.'” [New York Times, 1/31/14]