Greitens’ use of private attorneys remains under scrutiny

A Missouri lawmaker key to the investigation into allegations against former Gov. Eric Greitens wants the state to refuse to pay for two attorneys who defended Greitens.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, chairs the House committee that investigated the allegations against Greitens. In a letter to Sarah Steelman, commissioner of the state’s Office of Administration, Barnes said that Greitens illegally hired outside attorneys without authorization.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has cited reports that indicate Missouri has been billed more than $150,000 for Greitens’ representation during the special session to consider disciplinary action. Galloway issued a statement Saturday saying that she has “ongoing concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay the ex-governor’s private attorneys,” and is “going to continue to work to get answers.”

State Attorney General Josh Hawley has argued that the governor’s office does not have the authority to hire private impeachment counsel, and would only be able to do so with the legislature’s authorization.

Read more: Kansas City StarMissourinet

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