Greitens' attorneys want to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is to hold a hearing Tuesday on Greitens' request to disqualify St. Louis prosecutors from a felony case filed Friday related to the donor list.

The new charge, filed Friday, involves Greitens' use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign. He is charged with computer data tampering for allegedly disclosing the donor list from The Mission Continues with permission from the St. Louis-based charity, which he founded.

Greitens already faced a felony charge in an unrelated case stemming from an extramarital affair he had with his St. Louis hairdresser in 2015. He is charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of the woman without her consent.

Defense attorneys have been critical of the way the circuit attorney's office handled the invasion of privacy case. They've accused the prosecutor's office of waiting to provide them with some evidence. The judge last week refused to dismiss the case, but agreed that an investigator and the woman with whom Greitens had the affair should sit for new depositions.

Greitens is due to go to trial May 14 in that case.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem has scheduled a Thursday hearing on Greitens' request to block Attorney General Josh Hawley from investigating the governor. He contends Hawley has a conflict because he called on Greitens to resign after a House committee released a report with testimony alleging Greitens was sexually aggressive toward a woman.

Greitens has been facing increasing pressure to resign -- including from fellow Republicans -- since a special House investigative committee's report released April 11 that detailed allegations from the woman with whom he had the affair. She testified that Greitens restrained, slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

Greitens has said the affair was consensual and has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

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