JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Investigators from the St. Louis prosecutor's office have visited the Missouri Capitol in the investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens, and one lawmaker suggests the probe has expanded to include a look at the Republican governor's use of "dark money."
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to a 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser, before Greitens was elected in 2016. Greitens has denied taking a compromising photo of the woman as potential blackmail.
Multiple lawmakers told the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch they met with investigators Wednesday.
Kirksville Republican Rep. Nate Walker said investigators asked him about so-called dark money campaign contributions that are routed through nonprofits to hide their source.
"They're asking about a lot of things ... dark money and different things like that," Walker told the Star. He said that based on the questions he was asked it appears to be a "pretty broad investigation."
Walker was an early supporter of Greitens but was among Republican lawmakers who urged the governor to resign after he acknowledged the affair.
Sens. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, also said investigators were in the Capitol. Schaaf, a frequent critic of Greitens, told the Post-Dispatch he wanted to shed light on the investigation.
"If they are in the building talking to people . I thought I should get that into the public sphere," Schaaf said.
Chappelle-Nadal mentioned the investigators during a Senate debate, but said she had not had a chance to speak with them.
Jim Bennett, Greitens' attorney, said the governor's team is "aware the circuit attorney has announced an investigation and believe any fair investigation will result in a conclusion that Gov. Greitens has committed no wrongdoing." A message left Thursday with a spokesman for the governor was not immediately returned.