Ethics commissioner won't recuse himself

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Ethics Commission Chairman David Halbrooks says he won't recuse himself from issues that involve the now-closed secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel on Tuesday said Halbrooks should recuse himself because he was granted immunity in the first John Doe investigation that involved aides to Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. The investigation into Walker's recall campaign grew out of that initial probe.

Halbrooks says Schimel's call for him to recuse himself doesn't make sense. He says the Ethics Commission wants to work with Schimel to determine who leaked documents collected during that investigation in 2016.

Halbrooks says, "We did not intend any adversarial response to the attorney general in any way, shape or form."

Halbrooks is a Democrat and an attorney in Milwaukee.

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