JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General stole the headlines on Tuesday with his press conference announcement saying that his office possessed evidence of “criminal wrongdoing” by Gov. Eric Greitens.
But in what some are calling a seemingly bizarre turn of events, court filings now show that the embattled governor has filed a request for a restraining order against the attorney general.
The date of the filing, however, shows that it was filed the day before Hawley’s announcement.
According to the filing document, Greitens’ lawyers argue that “Hawley clearly has a personal interest in the resignation, impeachment, and prosecution of Gov. Greitens.”
As evidence of impartiality by Hawley, the request references statements made by Hawley on Fox News, as well as Hawley’s statement following the release of the House special investigative committee’s report.
They ask for a temporary restraining order preventing Hawley from investigating Greitens, the Governor’s Office, or any entities which he has been associated.
They also ask that a special prosecutor is appointed for any such investigation.
An interesting note is that in the criminal case in St. Louis right now, there is a motion to disqualify Dowd Bennett, the firm representing Greitens, as the law firm represented the state in the Confide investigation.
The Missouri Times received the following statement from Hawley’s office in response:
“We look forward to arguing this matter in court. The request for the Attorney General’s recusal is frivolous. The Attorney General called for the Governor’s resignation because the House Investigative Committee reported substantial evidence of sexual, violent misconduct by the Governor,” press secretary Mary Compton said. “The investigation into The Mission Continues addresses an entirely separate matter. The fact that the Governor has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct does not mean he is exempt from investigation into other wrongdoing.”
Read the filing document below:
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