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Prosecutor investigating Greitens issues subpoena to Missouri newspaper

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens defended himself on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, shortly before a House investigative committee released a report about his conduct during a 2015 affair.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens defended himself on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, shortly before a House investigative committee released a report about his conduct during a 2015 affair. kmyers@kcstar.com

The prosecutor handling two cases against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has issued a subpoena to the Columbia Daily Tribune, according to the newspaper.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Friday that it received a subpoena from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office for the full video of a Jan. 22 news conference held by Greitens.

The news conference centered on Greitens’ budget proposal, but he also fielded questions on the allegations that he threatened to release a nude photo of a woman taken without her consent in order to keep her from speaking about an extramarital affair.

Greitens would not definitively deny taking the photo during that news conference, nor during subsequent interviews.

The Tribune said Friday that it has already posted the full video of the news conference to its Facebook page.

“Everything prosecutors are requesting from the Tribune is already in their possession,” Tribune Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland said in the article posted by the newspaper Friday evening. “The video requested was originally recorded using Facebook Live, which does not allow for editing or alteration.”

Gardner’s spokeswoman confirmed the subpoena, but said she could not comment beyond that while the case remains ongoing.

Greitens will go to trial next month on a felony invasion of privacy indictment related to the allegations that he took the photo.

Gardner’s office also charged Greitens with an additional felony this month based on an unrelated investigation by Attorney General Josh Hawley into the governor’s charity, The Mission Continues.

Greitens faces a felony computer tampering charge based on allegations that he used the charity’s donor’s list for political fundraising without permission.

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