With House set to start Greitens probe, legal defense fund emerges

With the Missouri House of Representatives set to begin its investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday, supporters of the embattled Republican governor have filed paperwork to establish a nonprofit that would raise and spend money for his legal defense.

The panel was created in response to Greitens’ indictment for felony invasion of privacy, stemming from a 2015 incident during which Greitens allegedly took and transmitted a photo of a partially nude woman with whom he was having an affair.

The ERG Defense Fund, the group seeking nonprofit status, was created Friday, just more than a week after Greitens’ indictment. The governor’s full name is Eric Robert Greitens.

Sean Droke is listed as president of the organization. Previously, Droke was part of Greitens’ campaign leadership team and the executive committee for Greitens’ inauguration.

The first meeting of the seven-member House committee is expected to be open to the public. Subsequent meetings may be private.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, cautioned that the panel’s goal is not impeachment. Instead, he said, the group, composed of five Republicans and two Democrats, seeks “a fair, thorough and timely investigation.”

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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