Schimel’s DOJ investigated employee who talked to reporter

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel investigated a former assistant attorney general after he made critical remarks in a newspaper story.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that Schimel’s office was looking into whether Thomas Dawson provided confidential information to the press about a deal with state Department of Justice struck with a polluter.

Dawson was the state’s top environmental lawyer before retiring in 2017. Dawson tells the Journal Sentinel that he provided his opinion and no documents when he talked with a newspaper reporter after he stopped working at DOJ.

Dawson told the newspaper then that he and other attorneys recommended a hefty fine against Minnesota-based 3M but was overridden by DOJ higher-ups.

Schimel spokesman Alec Hanna says Dawson provided “confidential information” to the reporter, but didn’t specify what that was.


This story has been updated to correct that Dawson retired in April 2017.

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