Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The limitless ambition of John Chisholm

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State lines do not a boundary make, no freedom of speech is safe, when Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm is around. The Government Accountability Board and Chisholm, using the database built in the illegal John Doe investigation, targeted national conservatives as well as those in Wisconsin. the Wall Street Journal reports:

From that investigation and a previous John Doe whose documents were transferred into the new investigation, prosecutors and the GAB collected millions of documents, including personal files, emails and bank statements.

The John Doe team searched the digital cache for information related to their now-discredited theory of campaign-finance coordination, but they didn’t stop there. The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office, run by Democrat John Chisholm, sent GAB staff a spreadsheet of search terms that included prominent national conservatives.

The spreadsheet includes the names and personal email addresses of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, political strategist and Journal contributor Karl Rove, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Republican Party chief Reince Priebus and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The list also includes search terms for such non-scandalous words as “coordination plan” and “message.” The government snoops created ideological search concepts like “big union bosses” and “big government,” as if such phrases suggest some law-breaking intent. Recall that when the IRS targeted conservative groups for special vetting, it created a “Be On the Lookout” list of key words such as “patriot” and “tea party.”

The John Doe documents don’t say why these national figures were targeted, though we assume they were also thought to be allies of Mr. Walker. From documents released late last year we know prosecutors discussed looking into Mr. Hannity and Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes for “potential equal time violations.”

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