Walker looks to stay above ongoing probe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing in an ongoing criminal investigation that’s ensnared people close to him, and he wants to keep it that way.

Just a year into his first term, the polarizing Republican faces a potential recall election later this year.

Walker says he doesn’t think voters will be swayed by charges announced this week against two appointees during his time as a county executive.

Walker’s former deputy chief of staff is among those facing embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing money intended for veterans and their families.

Marquette University law school professor Charles Franklin says for now Walker does have some distance from those investigated. The question for voters likely will be where the probe stands closer to any recall election.