Investigator surprised by Schimel report

Investigator surprised by Schimel report

The lead investigator into a now-closed probe of Gov. Scott Walker says he was “completely surprised” by the recommendation that he be found in contempt.

Attorney General Brad Schimel calls for investigator Fran Schmitz and eight others to be disciplined, but not criminally charged, for their roles in the probe. Schimel says there was “systemic and pervasive mishandling” of evidence during the investigation that led to the leak of documents to the Guardian newspaper.

Schmitz says in a statement that he cooperated with Justice Department officials at the outset of their investigation “and had no further contact with them.”

No one else named by Schimel immediately commented to The Associated Press.