- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on fallout from a Department of Justice report into a secretive investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A judge considering an investigative report into the secretive workings of a probe into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign is withdrawing from the case.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge William Hue asked Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack to be taken off the case. Roggensack says Hue was concerned that his involvement could become a distraction, and she says she agreed. Hue had posted comments about the case on Twitter before it was assigned to him.

The original investigation looked into whether Walker’s recall campaign coordinated illegally with conservative groups. The state Supreme Court ruled it did not.

A report this week by Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, sought discipline against several people involved in the original investigation.

The director of state courts will name a new judge.

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This item has been updated to correct that the state courts director, not Roggensack, will chose a new judge.

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9:20 a.m.

The deep partisan divide over the secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall has reignited in the face of an investigatory report released this week.

The report from Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel recommends that those behind seizing personal emails from scores of Republicans across the state and not keeping them secure be held in contempt.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Schimels’ report reinforces the GOP belief that the probe was an abuse of power for partisan purposes.

But state superintendent and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers calls the report “political retaliation.”

Walker’s campaign spokesman declined to comment, saying the report speaks for itself.


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