The Latest: House drops subpoena for Greitens-related record
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):
The Missouri House committee that had been investigating former Gov. Eric Greitens has dropped an attempt to get records related to a nonprofit group that supported him.
A Cole County judge had scheduled a hearing Thursday on whether to still enforce a House subpoena for records from Greitens’ campaign and a pro-Greitens group called A New Missouri in light of his resignation last Friday.
But that hearing was canceled after a House attorney notified the judge Wednesday that it’s withdrawing its request to enforce the subpoena.
The House panel had sought records related to any coordination between Greitens, his campaign and the nonprofit, as well as media advertising records from the nonprofit.
A New Missouri is a social welfare nonprofit that is not required by federal rules to disclose
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stipulated that there was enough evidence to bring a felony case against him to trial as part of an agreement to dismiss the charge.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner previously released most the stipulations of the agreement to drop the charge alleging Greitens misused a charity donor list to raise money for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. As part of that agreement, he resigned as governor last week.
However, the provision where he agreed there was enough evidence for trial had been redacted. The Missouri attorney general’s office determined Tuesday the full agreement is an open record that must be made public.
Greitens has denied criminal wrongdoing both on that charge and an invasion-of-privacy charge that another prosecutor is weighing whether to refile.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he’s keeping his predecessor Eric Greitens’ ban on lobbyist gifts to executive staffers.
That means Parson also is now banned from accepting meals and other gifts.
Parson previously served as lieutenant governor but was elevated to the state’s top executive office when Greitens resigned amid personal and political scandal Friday.
The latest online records show Parson received about $813 in gifts so far this year and about $3,900 in 2017.
Commemorative coins paid for by various lobbyists that Parson’s office then awarded to others made up a sizeable chunk of gifts, along with catering for a senior service award event.
Other gifts given to Parson include Kansas City Chiefs football tickets, free camping and admission to the Missouri State Fair and several sub sandwiches.