The John Doe investigation lasted over two years and became a central plank of liberal criticism of Gov. Walker. During the heated recall campaign, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and candidate Tom Barrett harped on the John Doe in a non-stop campaign to make the public think the Governor was corrupt and would soon be indicted.
Governnor Walker issued the following statement in response to the news on Friday morning:
"I am glad the process has been completed. As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom. We appreciate the effort that was undertaken and to bring appropriate matters to justice."
On Newsradio 620 WTMJ with Charlie Sykes, President of the Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty (WILL) reacted to the news that the John Doe investigation was closed by saying, "Scott Walker is certifiably not guilty."
"The news today confirms what we already knew. Nothing was going to come out of this," said Esenberg.
In the days and weeks ahead, District Attorney John Chisholm will have many questions put to him about whether the time and resources were really worth the effort.
In the end, Governor Walker was indeed innocent as he claimed all along. And the John Doe comes to a close in what will most certainly be criticized as a partisan witch hunt for some time.