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Missouri Gov. Greitens files request for restraining order against Attorney General Hawley

Missouri Gov. Greitens files request for restraining order against Attorney General Hawley”

The mounting pressure for Greitens to step down or for the impeachment process to start came hours after Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office had uncovered evidence of alleged criminal "wrongdoing" by Greitens related to his veterans charity, The Mission Continues. Senate Republican leader Ron Richard wants impeachment proceedings to begin immediately if the governor doesn't step down.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo said the "right thing" for Greitens to do now is to resign from office. The indictment alleges that Greitens took a "full or partially nude" photo without consent and transmitted the photo. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin. Dogan said he's especially alarmed now about the findings in Hawley's investigation that allege Greitens used a donor list from The Mission Continues to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

Governor Eric Greitens' attorney says Hawley has "predetermined the guilt of his own investigative target" and is "clearly compromised". Greitens and Hawley both won election in 2016 as maverick political outsiders.

Hawley, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and has faced an onslaught of Democratic ads trying to link him to Greitens.

Greitens said in a statement last week that the affair was an "entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false". "If such investigation or prosecution is to be conducted, it must be conducted by a court-appointed special prosecutor independent of the (attorney general's office)". Greitens' campaign filed amended finance reports referring to the list as an in-kind contribution valued at $600 and received March 1, 2015, from Danny Laub, who was listed as Greitens' campaign manager at the time.

Hawley said the possible misconduct could involve felony computer tampering.

Hawley also said Tuesday because the value of the donor list is more than $500, it would be considered a felony, should there be charges filed.

Hawley said his investigation revealed evidence that Greitens' use of the charity's donor list broke the law. She said that while the attorney general's office doesn't have criminal jurisdiction, it does have authority to investigate charitable activities.



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