By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The call to remove or impeach Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm is growing louder, led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch and others.
Chisholm’s office recommended accused mass murderer Darrell Brooks Jr. leave jail on just $1,000 bail — 10 days before the career violent criminal plowed through Waukesha’s Christmas Day parade, killing six and injuring dozens more.
Chisholm, a partisan Democrat whose liberal policies have played a significant role in releasing untold numbers of violent and repeat offenders, had to acknowledge that bail was “inappropriately low.”
“The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail,” Chisholm wrote in a statement, adding that his office is conducting an internal review.
Kleefisch, appearing on NewsMax, said if she were governor she would fire Chisholm.
“The lawlessness and this catch-and-release treatment for violent criminals with rap sheets a mile long has to stop… we have families who are now planning funerals instead of Thanksgiving Dinner,” the former lieutenant governor said.
Gov. Tony Evers isn’t going to do that. His office did not return a request for comment, but his handlers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that a citizen would first have to bring a complaint. The governor could then remove Chisholm from his post, but only for cause — something like “neglect of duty” or “official misconduct” or “malfeasance in office.”
Chisholm’s failure to check his prosecutor’s ridiculously low bail request could fit all of the above. Brooks Jr. had recently been arrested on charges of punching a woman — the mother of his child — and then hitting her with the same SUV he allegedly used in his deadly drive through the Christmas parade.
But this isn’t the first rodeo for the liberal DA, who in 2007 made a bone-chilling prediction about his ideas on reforming the cash-bail system.
“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into [a] treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”
Evers, a far left Democrat, can talk about the process of removal all he wants, but he wouldn’t fire Chisholm even if a complaint is placed on his desk. He agrees with the prosecutor’s ideas on low bail. He ran for governor on a goal to cut the state’s inmate population in half.
Empower Wisconsin Foundation President Eric O’Keefe, one of Chisholm’s victims in a politically motivated and unconstitutional investigation, told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” last week that the Republican-controlled Legislature should impeach the “corrupt” prosecutor.
“(Chisholm) is more concerned with protecting government from the people than protecting people from criminals,” O’Keefe told host Laura Ingraham. “They committed crimes in pursuit of innocent people and they allowed criminals to stay on the street.”
It appears Republican lawmakers are leery about taking on an impeachment battle that would require a super-majority in the Senate to win.