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Greitens campaign counsel questions investigative committee chairman Barnes

Rep. Jay Barnes is the chairman for the Missouri House investigative committee. (File)

The legal counsel for Governor Eric Greitens campaign called into question the actions Rep. Jay Barnes has taken as House investigative committee chairman.

Catherine Hanaway, legal counsel for Greitens for Missouri and former Missouri Speaker of the House, said Barnes, R-Jefferson City, shared audio recordings with law enforcement before a full review of the matter.

"Despite the hard work of fellow members of this committee apparently in search of the truth, Chairman Barnes has made himself a material witness in this investigation," Hanaway said in the statement.

The full statement reads below:

“We learned yesterday that Chairman Jay Barnes received the secret recordings from Scott Faughn well before any criminal charge was brought, and before he was appointed to chair this committee—yet he did not disclose this information.

"We learned today that Chairman Barnes knew about cash payments from Scott Faughn to Al Watkins before the public or the committee knew—and he did not disclose this information.

"Now, in a desperate attempt to divert attention from these omissions, Chairman Barnes revealed that he's been speaking with the FBI about what he believes are the facts of this case, well before his 'fact-finding' committee reached its conclusion. He's been talking to the FBI about alleged foreign donors to the campaign. That allegation is completely false, and it's based exclusively on the dubious testimony of a single witness. Neither Chairman Barnes nor that witness have provided any proof or evidence. And yet, Chairman Barnes--entrusted with the sacred responsibility of finding facts, not prosecuting a case-- shared information with law enforcement before a full review of the matter.

"Despite the hard work of fellow members of this committee apparently in search of the truth, Chairman Barnes has made himself a material witness in this investigation. Does Chairman Barnes possess key information that can clear up the conflicting timelines and testimony of witnesses Faughn and Watkins? Has he withheld other information from the record, his fellow committee members, and the public? What else will Chairman Barnes abruptly remember to disclose that he knows, or has done, related to this matter?

"The Speaker and members of the House are relying on this Chairman to get to the truth and the facts before they take the most important vote of their careers. They cannot afford to get this wrong."

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