Greitens attorney asks Hawley to recuse himself from investigation of governor's charity

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (Greitens and Hawley Twitter)

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.

The Missouri attorney general announced in March he had issued had issued 15 subpoenas relating to his investigation into The Missouri Continues. Among those subpoenaed were: The Mission Continues, staff or former staff of The Mission Continues and The Greitens Group.

Hawley said the investigation would follow the facts wherever they go, but said at the time he was pleased with evidence his office had been able to gather. He said if his office is given subpoena authority, the office would likely re-open Confide investigation. Hawley had said earlier in the month Greitens had never used the Confide application to evade state records 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 did not immediately comment.

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