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Republican leader asks attorney general to re-open probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate has asked Attorney General Brad Schimel to re-open an investigation into how a former state agency handled John Doe investigations involving Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald wrote Schimel on Tuesday asking him to expand his investigation into activities of staff members at the former Government Accountability Board. Schimel earlier this month released a report into his investigation of leaked documents collected during the John Doe probes.

Schimel recommended that six former GAB staff members and three Milwaukee County district attorney employees face contempt charges for disobeying court secrecy orders.

Fitzgerald says it is of the “utmost importance” to learn more about what the GAB board, leadership and staff were doing and what their motivations were.

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