It looks like the Milwaukee County DA is using email evidence to ratchet up the pressure on a key defendant in the John Doe probe into potential misconduct by staffers or operatives in or near the Scott Walker Milwaukee County Executive's office in 2010.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf filed a motion this week seeking to amend a criminal complaint against Rindfleisch to show massive email evidence of her alleged fundraising contacts while at her job as policy adviser and deputy chief of staff to Walker in his final year as Milwaukee County executive.
The additional evidence shows the charges against her "were not innocent mistakes and were part of an intentional and knowing plan to conduct ongoing campaign activity," Landgraf states.This is the second time in a few days that this trove of emails is in the news:
Among the additional evidence he wants to include are contacts Rindfleisch had with campaign aides to Brett Davis, then a Republican Assembly member and lieutenant governor candidate, and fundraising hosts.
Landgraf says he wants to use the information to help provide additional context of previously charged misconduct or else add eight more counts against Rindfleisch. She already faces four felony charges that each carry maximum penalties of six years in prison and a $40,000 fine.
Responding to claims they had leaked information on the John Doe investigation involving some of Gov. Scott Walker's aides, Milwaukee County prosecutors say two disclosures came from attorneys for one of the defendants.
Michael Maistelman, a lawyer for defendant Timothy Russell, sent an email to radio talk show host Charlie Sykes on Jan. 22, tipping off Sykes to the likelihood that two other former Walker aides would be charged that week. Those aides, Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch, were charged four days later.