Greitens accused of criminal wrongdoing by AG Hawley

Hawley: Evidence exists to charge Greitens for obtaining charity fundraising list

Hawley: Evidence exists to charge Greitens for obtaining charity fundraising list

But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier this year that Greitens' former assistant sent the fundraising list to the Greitens campaign.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says allegations that he potentially broke the law by using a donor list from a charity he founded are "ridiculous". "We will dispense with these false allegations".

The charity said in a statement that it is "fully cooperating" with Hawley's office and does not engage in political activities, adding that it did not promote Greitens' political career.

"In the course of this investigation, we have uncovered evidence of wrongdoing that goes beyond Missouri's charity laws", Hawley said. He called Gardner a liberal prosecutor. She says the attorney general called for the governor's resignation because a House committee concluded there was credible evidence that the governor committed egregious sexual misconduct.

In a statement, House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, said "the evidence that Eric Greitens is unfit to serve as governor mounts". "If Greitens continues to stubbornly cling to power, the House must immediately act to initiate his ultimate removal from office". And given the value of the list in question, Hawley said, the offense amounts to a felony.

As for whether the evidence is grounds for impeachment, Hawley said that's a matter for Missouri state lawmakers to decide.

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.

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Hawley's office is investigating The Mission Continues as it relates to the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday that his investigation into a veterans charity founded by Greitens found evidence that Greitens may have committed a felony in his use of its donor list for political purposes. Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for Gardner's office, said the office is reviewing the evidence and declined to comment further. Greitens is accused of taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair without her consent.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says his office has evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Governor Eric Greitens regarding his involvement with the charity The Mission Continues.

The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens' campaign had obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues. Evidence suggests Greitens unlawfully used that list to fundraise for his own political purposes, the AG said.

Hawley, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the US Senate race challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, said the decision to charge Greitens is ultimately that of St. Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner, the local prosecutor in the place where the purported criminal acts were committed, and he stressed that the deadline of the statute of limitations is fast approaching.

But the Mission Continues fundraising list controversy has dogged him since he ran for governor in 2016. The Mission Continues has adamantly denied giving the donor list to the Greitens campaign.

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