Greitens’ use of texting application is under investigation for breaching open records laws

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is looking into whether Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration may be violating the state’s Sunshine Law.

The investigation comes in response to a report earlier this month that the Republican Greitens and his staff members use Confide, which erases text messages shortly after they’re sent. Once that’s done, there’s no record of the electronic communication.

Hawley, a Republican, said that state law might need to be updated to reflect electronic communications like texts. In general, he added, “It’s our sense and our feeling that the same analysis that we use for emails and the Sunshine Law should be used for text messages.”

After the report came out, state Sen. Scott Sifton, D-Affton, called on Hawley to open up an investigation into whether the governor’s administration violated open records laws. Hawley, whose office initially balked at the move, said there’s case law showing that his office “does not have a conflict of interest in this case.” He also wrote that his “clients are first and foremost the citizens of the state.”

Greitens spokesman Parker Briden said in a statement, “We’re confident that this review of our records retention policy will show that we followed the law.”

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, The Missouri Times


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