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Report: no laws broken for Confide use in Greitens' office

by Associated Press | March 1, 2018 at 11:20 p.m. | Updated March 1, 2018 at 11:19 p.m.
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra, Mo. A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. She launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office says it doesn't appear that Gov. Eric Greitens' staff violated records laws while using a secretive messaging app.

Greitens' office released the report Thursday. The attorney general's office confirmed the report.

Hawley launched an inquiry into Greitens' office after the Kansas City Star reported last year that Greitens and some of his staff had Confide accounts. The app deletes messages and prevents recipients from saving, forwarding, printing or taking screenshots of messages.

Five members of the governor's office told the attorney general's office that they had used Confide to discuss government-related matters. But the staffers said they only messaged about logistics, such as scheduling meetings.

The attorney general's office concluded that state law doesn't require those types of messages to be retained.

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