Government & Politics

St. Louis prosecutor could ask Hawley to work on Greitens' second felony case

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner could ask the court to appoint Attorney General Josh Hawley as a special prosecutor in the case involving Gov. Eric Greitens' use of a veterans charity’s donor list ahead of the 2016 election.

"She's evaluating her options," said Susan Ryan, Gardner's spokeswoman.

Gardner charged Greitens on Friday with felony computer tampering — essentially electronic theft — for allegedly taking and using data owned by The Mission Continues charity "for the purpose of soliciting funds for his political campaign."

Hawley, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, referred evidence of the computer tampering to Gardner last week after he said his office's investigation into the charity found evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the governor.

Now, Gardner could kick the prosecution of the case back to Hawley. One option is to ask the court to appoint Hawley as a special prosecutor. Alternatively, Gardner could ask Hawley if she can appoint him or one of his attorneys as a special assistant circuit attorney who would report to her and help her prosecute the case. Or she could proceed with prosecution of the case by herself.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is under investigation by the attorney general's office over his use of a list of donors belonging to a veterans charity to benefit his 2016 campaign.

Hawley has said multiple times that he stands ready to assist with the case if needed.

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