Last Week’s Developments
Last week the players in the Greitens scandal saga all fortified their positions….
Gardner Staffs Up
Post Dispatch reported that St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner “hired former FBI agent Anthony Box as the office’s chief investigator. Box will be responsible for increasing the investigative skills of current staff, serve as a primary contact and coordinate activities with various law enforcement agencies including the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI… Gardner spokeswoman Susan Ryan said Box would not lead the investigation into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was recently indicted for invasion of privacy, but will help with it.”
And they also reported that she “brought in Harvard Law School professor Ronald S. Sullivan to join the prosecution team in the invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens….”
Greitens Legal Fund Created
Kansas City Star reported that “supporters of Gov. Eric Greitens have filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to establish a nonprofit to raise and spend money to cover legal expenses… The nonprofit’s president is listed as Sean Droke, who previously served on Greitens’ campaign leadership team and the executive committee for Greitens’ inauguration.
Asked by The Star if ERG Defense Fund was set up for the governor, Droke said, ‘I believe so.’ When pressed he said he could not say for certain ‘at this time.’ He then told a reporter that he was not in his office and hung up… Three men, including Droke, are listed as directors of ERG Defense Fund. The first is Ron Weiser, chairman of the Michigan GOP and former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee. He donated $50,000 to Greitens’ 2016 campaign, and his company chipped in $348,000. The second is Shane Mayes, CEO of Onshore Outsourcing. Mayes allowed Greitens to use a private jet last month to travel the state when the governor was hopscotching Missouri to tout his tax cut proposal. The new fund’s treasurer is Tom Reedy, a Webster Grove businessman who appears to have been appointed by Greitens to serve as a member on the 21st circuit judicial commission…”
Mission Continues Reiterates Its Position
The Mission Continues sent a letter to its donors (see it here) explicitly saying again that they didn’t give the list to the Greitens campaign. The non-profit is putting some distance between itself and its founder, and trying to assure its supporters that it has not engaged in any behavior that would jeopardize its legal status.
This letter could be a very big deal. It basically says that the list was stolen (“this list was later transmitted without our knowledge or permission”). One MOScouter thinks that attorneys general in other states may jump into the action, particularly in places where the non-profit is active and where Greitens raised money. If an investigation is opened by another AG that would increase the pressure on Josh Hawley to do more the Sgt. Schultz Confide investigation.
What It All Means
Everyone’s shoring up their strengths… For Gardner it’s more lawyers and investigators; for Greitens it’s more money; and for Mission Continues it’s the truth.