04/16/2012 06:01 pm ET

Scott Walker Eyes John Doe Investigation As Recall Election Nears

The Wisconsin recall election that could possibly oust Gov. Scott Walker (R) has more baggage looming over it.

This week The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel's Daniel Bice takes a look at Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm's "John Doe" investigation into Walker's time as a Milwaukee county executive.

The investigation, which began in 2010, has already led to charges against former Walker aides, an appointee and a major campaign contributor. Walker has set up a legal defense fund.

Bice notes that if Chisholm files more charges, the timing will be viewed through a partisan lens. The recall election is scheduled for June 5. If Chisholm files charges before then, Republicans will likely charge that the Democratic district attorney is attempting to undermine Walker's election chances. On the other hand, if Chisholm waits to file additional charges until after the election, he may face criticism from Democrats, particularly if Walker wins.

Walker has said that he trusts Chisholm to decide when and whether to file additional charges, according to Dice.

“They'll run their course one way or the other," Walker said at an appearance last week. "It truly should be left up to them, and it's why we've been able to cooperate so much."

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