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Lawyers for governor's office speak to House special investigative committee

Ross Garber and Edward Greim said they are being paid using taxpayer dollars. Greim told the committee Garber and he represent the Office of the Governor in an official capacity, not Greitens in a personal capacity. (KRCG 13/Caileigh Peterson)

Lawyers representing the Office of the Governor appeared before the Missouri House of Representatives committee investigating allegations against Gov. Eric Greitens Wednesday.

Ross Garber and Edward Greim said they are being paid using taxpayer dollars. Greim told the committee Garber and he represent the Office of the Governor in an official capacity, not Greitens in a personal capacity.

Greim said Greitens personal counsel will decide whether Greitens appears before the committee.

Greim, whose rate is $340/hour, said Garber, whose rate is $320/hour, is a national expert on gubernatorial impeachment.


Garber said the line of questioning by the committee concerning allegations against the governor was unprecedented. He said he was there to discuss with the committee the process of any Missouri governor potentially facing impeachment proceedings for the first time. Greim echoed Garber's statement. He said this was about rules and proceedings about how the state would handle gubernatorial impeachment, since it has never happened before in the state.

Garber said it is unusual that a government body is investigating the actions of a governor before taking office and that his services would end with the culmination of the House investigation.

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