September 2, 2014

Priebus denies knowledge of John Doe probe

The head of the Republican National Committee says he has not been asked to talk with prosecutors about a John Doe investigation that’s tied to Governor Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive.

Reince Priebus currently serves as chair of the RNC, but was the head of the state Republican Party during the time period the ongoing probe is focused on. In a call with reporters Tuesday, he denied having any knowledge of the investigation beyond what he has seen reported by the media.

The probe has resulted in charges against two of Walker’s former staff in the county executive’s office for doing campaign work on the job, in addition to charges against three others.

The complaint against one of Walker’s former aides, Darlene Wink, includes an e-mail to Priebus, which talks about setting up a fundraiser for Walker. Priebus says he was not aware Wink may have been contacting him while she was working for the county. He says the “first I heard or saw of it was when that e-mail was in the complaint.”

Priebus says he’s not concerned about what impact the ongoing John Doe investigation could have on a possible recall election targeting Walker, since it’s something “he can’t control.”

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:53)