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Wisconsin's John Doe Raids, Five Years Later (Guest: Matt Kittle)

October 10, 2018

Five years ago, Wisconsin law enforcement officers conducted predawn, armed raids on the homes of everyday citizens seeking evidence of campaign finance violations connected to Gov. Scott Walker.

Five years ago, Wisconsin law enforcement officers conducted predawn, armed raids on the homes of everyday citizens seeking evidence of campaign finance violations connected to Gov. Scott Walker. What have we learned about the Badger State "deep state" since then? What does it mean today to people in other states across the nation?

MacIver Institute investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Heartland Institute research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about the fallout from Wisconsin's "John Doe" investigations, five years after  a suburban Madison mom was awakened by sounds in the darkness, and then her children woke up to armed deputies standing over their beds.

Kittle says, over the past few years multiple courts found was that the scores of conservatives targeted were merely engaging in their First Amendment rights of political speech and association, just as left-wing organizations were freely permitted to do during Wisconsin’s bitter political recall season.

Kittle says the Wisconsin Supreme Court even found was that illegal conduct was perpetrated by non-partisan government agencies, like the former state Government Accountability Board and its hand-picked special prosecutor, and the Democrat-led Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office and its abusive prosecutors and investigators.

In many ways, Wisconsin was a preview of the alleged "deep state" in D.C., seeking to stop President Donald Trump through prosecution, Kittle says.

 
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Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH