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Hawley Forwards Evidence Against Greitens to Prosecutor

Republican legislative leadership called on the governor to resign.

Zach C. Cohen and Kimberly Railey
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Zach C. Cohen and Kimberly Railey
April 18, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) “announced Tuesday that he forwarded to a St. Louis prosecutor ‘evidence of potential criminal violations’ by Gov. Eric Greitens (R), namely using a donor list from his veterans charity, The Mission Continues, for political fundraising.” (National Journal)

“Hawley said his office lacks the jurisdiction to prosecute the governor on this matter because the alleged crime was committed in St. Louis. He said he obtained court permission to share all the evidence with St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who will decide whether to charge the governor before the statute of limitations runs out.” (Kansas City Star)

Greitens: "Fortunately for Josh, he’s better at press conferences than the law. Anyone who has set foot in a Missouri courtroom knows these allegations are ridiculous." (release)

REACTION. “The Missouri Republican Party was silent on the emerging conflict between” Hawley and Greitens. “Party elders, on the other hand, objected to Greitens’ attack on Hawley.”

Sen. Roy Blunt (R): “I don't think the governor should attack the attorney general for doing his job.” (Kansas City Star)

ENEMIES IN HIGH PLACES. State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R), state House Speaker Todd Richardson (R), state House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo (R), and state House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr (R) called for Greitens to resign. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Greitens: "I will not be resigning the Governor's office. In three weeks, this matter will go to a court of law—where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence. Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf." (release)

“Missouri lawmakers considering whether to impeach … Greitens may first have to wrestle with an unprecedented question: Does it matter that the alleged actions occurred before he was in office? There is no definitive answer to that question, because only one Missouri executive official has ever been ousted from office following impeachment—and her offense was directly related to her job.” (AP)

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