JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says his investigation into a veterans charity founded by Gov. Eric Greitens revealed evidence that Greitens’ use of the charity’s donor list broke the law.
Hawley said Tuesday that it’s up to the St. Louis prosecutor to decide whether to charge Greitens with a crime.
The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens’ campaign had obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues. The AP found that Greitens’ campaign had raised nearly $2 million from donors who previously gave significant amounts to The Mission Continues. Hawley says his office found evidence that Greitens transmitted that list without permission in violation of the law.
Greitens already faces a felony invasion-of-privacy charge in St. Louis for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom Greitens said he had an affair.
Separately, a special House investigatory committee is to recommend whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Greitens.
A spokeswoman says a request for the Missouri attorney general’s office to recuse itself from investigating a charity founded by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is “frivolous.”
Greitens’ attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. has raised concerns over Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley’s call last week for the governor to resign. Dowd argued that the attorney general’s investigation of veterans charity The Mission Continues is compromised because of that.
Hawley called for Greitens to step down after allegations of sexual misconduct outlined in a House investigatory report. Attorney general spokeswoman Mary Compton says that’s not related to Hawley’s investigation into the charity’s possible violations of the state’s consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.
A growing number of Missouri elected officials have called on Greitens to step down over allegations of unwanted sexual aggression against a woman with whom he has said he had a consensual extramarital affair in 2015.
Missouri lawmakers are returning to work at the Capitol amid turmoil in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ office.
A growing number of Missouri elected officials have called on Greitens to step down over allegations of unwanted sexual aggression against a woman with whom he has said he had a consensual extramarital affair in 2015. Greitens faces a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for allegedly taking a nonconsensual photograph of the woman while she was partially nude.
Greitens’ troubles threaten to distract from Republicans’ agenda. Senate Democrats proposed blocking all bills from going to Greitens’ desk in protest of claims against him. But Republican legislative leaders insist they won’t let strife in the governor’s office derail work to pass a budget and enact other policy changes.
Source: Economic Times