JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Another week down, and despite the absence of the legislature in the Missouri State Capitol, the news cycle continued churning out stories related to the Governor’s Office and the ongoing investigations.
Gov. Eric Greitens kicked off the week with a proclamation, reminding everyone to thank farmers and honor them with National Agriculture Week.
Quick reminder for anyone who thinks food comes from the grocery store: thank a farmer! It’s National Agriculture Week!
We signed a proclamation honoring our farmers with FFA students in Kingdom City. Thanks to all of you for what you do! pic.twitter.com/sysgNfDXSg
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) March 19, 2018
But the big news this week concerned the trial set for the Governor in May.
After seeking to expedite the trial, Greitens’ defense was informed that the judge would not change the trial date, rejecting their request to move it up a month.
Court documents this week also revealed that the attorney for the ex-husband of the woman involved in an affair with Greitens is calling for a protection order.
Greitens also announced the results of an investigation into the Blind Pension system.
But on Friday, it was news from Attorney General Josh Hawley that flooded the feeds, concerning an update into his office’s investigation into The Mission Continues, the charity started by Greitens in 2007, and the owners of the donor list the Governor used on the campaign trail.
Hawley also stated that, if given subpoena power, he would reopen the Confide investigation, which his office has been criticized for.
Later in the day, a motion filed by the prosecutors revealed that they thought Greitens used the text-deleting Confide app to transmit, hide, or destroy evidence of an alleged photo of the woman with whom he had an extramarital affair.
Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.