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.

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

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