Highlights from investigative report on Missouri Governor Greitens
The Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens plans to issue a second report on the Greitens gubernatorial campaign's alleged use of a charity donor list ahead of the 2016 election.
Members of the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight acknowledged in newly-released transcripts of committee meetings that a report will be released regarding The Mission Continues, a veterans charity formed by Greitens in 2007. The charity has faced questions about whether the Greitens campaign used its donor list.
Doing so could violate federal laws and put the charity’s tax-exempt status at risk.
It could also be another legal headache for the embattled Greitens, who is headed toward a May trial on criminal charges of invasion of privacy, stemming from a 2015 extramarital affair with his former hairdresser.
The woman in the affair said that Greitens took a compromising photo of her and blackmailed her with it. Greitens admits to the affair, but denies the blackmail allegations.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and the St. Louis grand jury are known to be investigating The Mission Continues. But Wednesday’s transcript release of investigative committee meetings confirms its interest in the charity donor list.
Greitens initially denied that his campaign possessed the donor list, but later acknowledged that the campaign had received it. The Mission Continues has denied that it gave the campaign the donor list.
Committee chairman Jay Barnes said during a March 12 meeting that Michael Hafner, a Republican operative who worked for Greitens’ campaign, had received a subpoena from the committee.
"We are going to hear from Michael Hafner who, pursuant to a subpoena we sent to him, has provided the committee with documents about the disclosure and use of a list of donors for The Mission Continues to the Greitens campaign in early 2015," Barnes said, according to transcripts of the meeting.
The transcripts were released alongside a report published on Wednesday that described the committee’s investigation of Greitens’ extramarital affair.
During an April 5 meeting of the investigative committee, Barnes asked its members to release the portions about the Greitens extramarital affair this week "and we place all of the stuff relating to The Mission Continues and the campaign in a separate report to be released at a later time."
The vote passed unanimously.
Barnes added during the same meeting that the committee has "a substantial number of emails" and witness testimony relating to The Mission Continues.