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Deadline nears for House committee to file Greitens report

April 2, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. | Updated April 11, 2018 at 6:53 p.m.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks during an interview in his office at the Missouri Capitol Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo. Greitens discussed having an extramarital affair in 2015 before taking office. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

State Rep. Jay Barnes, chairman of the House Special Committee on Oversight, which is looking into Gov. Eric Greitens' legal troubles, is "still on track" to complete its work within the 40 days originally allowed by the House resolution authorizing its work.

"It falls on a weekend so, effectively, (next) Monday," Barnes, R-Jefferson City, told reporters Monday afternoon as he left the panel's roughly 90-minute meeting at the Jefferson City Police Department.

The committee scheduled another meeting for Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. - again at the police station.

Barnes occasionally has reminded reporters that the panel is required to issue a report about its findings - although the identity of some witnesses and, perhaps, some of their comments likely will be redacted.

House Speaker Todd Richardson created the committee just days after the Feb. 22 St. Louis grand jury indictment charging Greitens with felony invasion of privacy - for reportedly taking a picture of a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair while she was at least partly nude, in a manner where that picture could be shared with a computer.

The incident occurred in March 2015 - before Greitens launched his campaign for governor.

He has admitted to having an affair - which doesn't violate any state laws - but has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Greitens hasn't answered questions about whether he took a picture of the woman, who has been identified as his now-former hairdresser.

But the law he is charged with violating requires that the picture be taken without the person's knowledge, while they are in a place where they have an expectation of privacy and while they are at least partially undressed.

Greitens' lawyers have argued that a person involved in an affair doesn't have that expectation of privacy.

Attorney General Josh Hawley told reporters last month he had shared information with the House committee about the attorney general's investigation into the governor's office's use of the Confide smartphone application that erases messages as soon as they have been read and about the AG's probe into the operations of The Mission Continues, a charity serving veterans that Greitens founded in 2007.

Barnes has not said whether the House committee is looking into those issues.

With the exception of one mid-March news conference in the Capitol, Barnes and the six other panel members have continued to ignore or shake off reporters' questions - as they had promised to do when the committee started its meetings March 6.

Some have said their report could lead to the House voting to impeach Greitens, but Barnes has maintained that's not the committee's responsibility.


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