Missouri Gov. Greitens avoids reporters (again)
For the second time in less than a week, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens hurriedly left Republican lawmakers’ offices on Monday as reporters peppered him with questions.
Last Wednesday he left the office of Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, and Jeffery Justus, R-Branson. Monday, he was seen leaving the offices of Rep. Patricia Pike, R-Adrian, Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis, Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield, and Rep. Elaine Gannon, R-DeSoto.
Each time reporters tried to get him to answer questions but Greitens ignored them as his security detail whisked him to his second-floor office after meetings with state representatives.
Greitens, who is facing two unrelated felony charges and calls for his impeachment, refused to answer questions ranging from his use of Confide, an app that deletes messages after they’re read, to Attorney General Josh Hawley’s investigation into Greitens’ social media.
A member of Greitens’ security detail cracked open the office door of state Reps. Pike and Hill on Monday afternoon to peek his head out. He quickly closed it when he saw reporters.
Legislative staff said Greitens spoke only with Hill. Hill said the two discussed legislation and signing bills with the session nearing its final weeks.
Hill said he wasn’t surprised by the visit and expects Greitens to continue his work, despite the scandals surrounding him.
“It’s the governor’s job,” Hill said.
From there, Greitens was led to the office next door of representatives Fraker and Gannon.
A member of Greitens’ security detail stepped out about 30 minutes later and said, “False alarm,” to the reporters gathered.
He went on to explain that he had no problem with reporters in the hallway, but that Greitens wouldn’t be answering questions.
Greitens continued to evade reporters as he was briskly walked to his second-floor office in the Capitol after nearly an hour behind closed doors.
Last Wednesday, Greitens declined to answer questions about his use of Confide and whether he took a donor list from the nonprofit for veterans he founded, The Mission Continues, without permission.