Greitens attorney asks Hawley to recuse himself

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and Governor Eric Greitens

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An attorney for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is urging the state’s attorney general to recuse his office from an investigation of a veterans charity founded by the governor.

In a letter written Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. raised concerns over Josh Hawley’s comment last week urging Greitens to resign. The letter says Hawley’s investigation is “clearly compromised” because he has “predetermined the guilt of his own investigative target.”

Hawley’s office is investigating The Mission Continues as it relates to the state’s consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

Hawley was among many elected officials urging Greitens’ to step down after a report from a special legislative committee on Greitens’ extramarital affair with his St. Louis hairdresser in 2015. Testimony cited in the report alleged Greitens was sexually aggressive toward the woman.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office released the following statement from Hawley:

“The request for the Attorney General’s recusal from his investigation of The Mission Continues is frivolous. The Attorney General called for the Governor’s resignation because the House Investigative Committee concluded there was credible evidence that the Governor committed egregious sexual misconduct. The Attorney General’s investigation into The Mission Continues does not address those allegations. The fact that the Governor has been credibly accused of engaging in sexual misconduct does not give him or any entity with which he was associated immunity from investigation under the Missouri Merchandizing Practices Act (MMPA).”