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Missouri House attorney maligns member of Greitens defense team

May 25, 2018 - 4:54 am

An attorney for a Missouri House investigatory panel says a lawyer for Gov. Eric Greitens has impugned the integrity of the House in an attempt to divert attention from an investigation into the governor.

Lawyer Edward "Chip" Robertson Jr. released his statement Thursday in response to Greitens' campaign attorney Catherine Hanaway, who is a former House speaker.

Hanaway had suggested that investigatory committee chairman Rep. Jay Barnes had made himself a "material witness" to his own investigation. Among other things, she cited his receipt of an audio recording in which a woman explains to her husband that Greitens had bound, blindfolded and taken a photo of her partially nude during a sexual encounter in 2015. Greitens has denied criminal wrongdoing.

Lawmakers have been investigating the motives and means by which the recording became public.

Federal investigators have been briefed on allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

At Thursday's hearing, attorney Al Watkins said he also provided information to the FBI. Watkins said that in early 2017 he gave the FBI an audio recording that a man made in which his wife described a sexual encounter with Greitens in March 2015.

Watkins said he also provided the FBI photos of cash he received in January 2018 from The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn related to the audio recording.

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