State Attorney General Brad Schimel said he will be taking “a more expansive look into whether there were other illegal activities going on” at the now-defunct Government Accountability Board. Schimel made his comments about the old GAB during a television interview that aired Sunday on “Upfront With Mike Gousha.” Last week, Republican state Senate leaders authorized Schimel to look into activities of the shuttered agency, including wide-ranging probes it conducted with prosecutors of Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans. The state Supreme Court shut down the investigation in 2015, finding nothing illegal had occurred.
In 2017, Schimel began investigating a leak of a trove of documents from the probe published by The Guardian U.S., and which were supposed to have remained secret.
Schimel recommended contempt proceedings against a prosecutor and eight other officials over their handling of material from the probe.
“The investigation we completed a couple of weeks ago was solely looking at trying to identify the source of the leak to the Guardian newspaper,” Schimel said. “So, we didn’t look at everything, we looked at what was necessary to follow through on trying to identify the person who caused that leak.