About a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, searched the Madison home of a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday morning.
Agents searched the yard and East Side home of Cynthia Archer, who until recently was deputy secretary in Walker's Department of Administration.
FBI spokesman Leonard Peace declined to comment, referring calls to Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern, who also declined to comment.
The state Department of Justice was not involved in the raid, spokeswoman Dana Brueck said.
Archer's neighbor, Dale Riechers, said he noticed multiple cars parked near Archer's Dunning Street house early in the morning, when it was still "dark out." Law enforcement officers reportedly arrived by 6:45 a.m. at the home, where they took photographs and collected evidence. Agents wore latex gloves and one removed a large banker's box from the home, the Associated Press reported.
"They were constantly taking pictures of the house at different angles," Riechers said.
The raid lasted for hours, and both Archer and another woman were at home while agents were there, neighbors said. Agents searched the house, yard, and peered into the SUV parked in her driveway.
"They were all over the place," Riechers said.
No one answered the door after agents left late Wednesday morning when a reporter rang the doorbell and knocked.
The search of Archer's house comes amidst a John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County, which started last year after another staff member working for Walker, then county executive, was caught posting online political comments during work time.
Archer was top aide to Walker while he was county executive, and followed him to Madison after he won the governor's race in November.
A John Doe investigation is a secret proceeding in which witnesses may be subpoenaed and made to testify. Participants are barred from discussing the case publicly.
Archer told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that she was "not involved in any way in the John Doe investigation."
As part of that investigation, last year authorities seized the work computer of the commenting employee, Darlene Wink, and searched her home. They also took another computer belonging to Tim Russell, then county housing director and a former Walker campaign staff member.
Russell's attorney Mike Maistelman refused to comment on Wednesday afternoon.
Archer, 52, left her job as deputy secretary with Walker's Department of Administration on Aug. 19 due to "personal family matters" and emailed Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch a resignation letter.
She was hired the previous day by the state Department of Children and Families.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie declined to comment.