As Josh Hawley continues to try to contain fallout from his disastrous “investigation” into the Governor’s use of text message deleting app Confide, he has announced that he will hold a press conference tomorrow to talk about the status of his investigation into Governor Greitens allegedly misusing resources from the charity he founded, The Mission Continues.
This desperate attempt to turn attention elsewhere raises several key questions that Hawley must answer during tomorrow’s presser:
1. Governor Greitens admitted wrongdoing to the MEC for failing to disclose the illegally obtained charity list on April 29, 2017. As Attorney General, Hawley has jurisdiction over state law regarding charities. Why did Hawley wait nearly a year, until there were reports that the St. Louis prosecutor was looking into Gretiens and the Mission Continues, to announce his own investigation?
2. Why is Hawley commenting in the middle of an investigation? Isn’t it against his office’s policy to comment on ongoing investigations? Is it simply because he is desperate to change the subject from his botched handling of Confide?
3. Given that Hawley conducted a sham investigation into the Governor’s use of Confide in a transparent attempt to protect the Governor, how does he expect anyone to take his current investigation seriously?
4. Has Hawley spoken to the Governor — or any of the Governor’s staff — for this investigation, and has the Governor claimed executive privilege?
“Josh Hawley is clearly desperate to turn the page from his sham ‘investigation’ into the Governor’s use of Confide. But after he so obviously used his office to cover for the Governor, it’s hard to imagine how any of the Attorney General’s future investigations can be taken seriously,” said Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren.