MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal court ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign and other conservative groups that supported him is a major victory for the Republican as he faces re-election and a possible 2016 presidential run.
A judge on Tuesday issued an injunction ordering a stop to the investigation that has shadowed Walker as he runs for a second term with an eye toward national office.
Walker avoided being charged in a previous criminal investigation that targeted his former aides and associates. The second John Doe investigation was focused on fundraising and spending by his campaign and his allies.
Milwaukee attorney Mike Maistelman said Wednesday that Walker will be able to use the decision to argue that he was unjustly targeted by political enemies.