A pair of St. Louis County attorneys have filed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff of engaging in an ongoing conspiracy to violate Missouri’s open records laws by using an app that deletes text messages after they’ve been read.
Ben Sansone and Mark Pedroli are asking a Cole County judge to prohibit Greitens from using the app and to require him to reveal the names of all staffers who have used it.
Last month, it was revealed that Greitens and his senior staff use the Confide app, which also prevents someone from saving, forwarding, printing or taking a screenshot of a text.
In the lawsuit, Sansone and Pedroli argue use of the app by elected officials and government employees is “illegal and constitutes an ongoing conspiracy to violate the Missouri Sunshine law and Missouri state and local records law, not to mention a significant affront to the open government and democratic traditions of Missouri and the United States.”
In addition to asking a judge to issue an injunction to stop the governor and his staff from using Confide, the lawsuit is asking for a fine to be imposed.
The governor’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the lawsuit.