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Still their little secret? Questions remain on John Doe gag order

Raw intimidation.

That’s how one conservative target describes the nearly three-year John Doe investigation into organizations like hers.

The worst part of the politically charged probe, she said, isn’t even that her group has been accused of crimes she insists it did not commit. It is the sense of powerlessness in knowing that she and so many other conservatives, bound by a strict court-administered secrecy order, have no way of defending their reputations.

“It is outright bullying, from a crowd that is constantly yapping about bullying,” the source told Wisconsin Reporter this week.  “If this isn’t bullying, I don’t know what is. It’s raw intimation.”

Despite U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa’s ruling — twice — last week shutting down the Democrat-launched John Doe investigation, the source who shared her story with Wisconsin Reporter wished to remain anonymous, fearing that the gag order, which could land violators in jail, lives on.

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