State Rep. Jeanie Lauer, R-Blue Springs, said Friday that various investigations into Eric Greitens will continue even though he’s stepped down as Missouri’s governor. Friday was his last day in office.
Lauer is one of 10 House members on a committee that’s been investigating Greitens this spring.
“ … we’re going to go back in and continue that work,” she said at a Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce legislative update.
The committee has issued two reports, one on the affair he had with his hairdresser and a second on his use for political purposes of a donor list from a charity he founded and ran, The Mission Continues.
The committee also is looking into his campaign’s so-called dark money, that is, money from donors not made public. The committee is looking at a Greitens political group, A New Missouri.
The General Assembly has been in a special session on Greitens questions, but then came his resignation announcement on Tuesday.
The investigative committee is taking a two-week break.
“And then we’re going back in for continued investigation of the money trails,” Lauer said. At least one more report from that committee is likely later this year.
She noted other inquiries:
• A special prosecutor – Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker – is looking into invasion-of-privacy allegations regarding the extramarital affair.
• A Cole County judge is investigating Greitens’ and his staff’s use of Confide, an app that transmits but immediately erases messages.
Greitens made a deal with prosecutors in St. Louis to resign in exchange for the dismissal of felony charges of computer tampering, but that’s not binding on the other investigations.
Other legislators at Friday’s breakfast in Blue Springs didn’t elaborate much on Greitens, who ran for governor in 2016 as a outsider set on shaking up Jefferson City. But Rep. Dan Stacy, R-Blue Springs, did offer this suggestion for all citizens:
“Just be an involved as you can, learn as much as you can about the people we elect.”
Lauer again said working on the House investigative committee has been an amazing experience.
“I will tell you personally,” she said, “it’s one of the most interesting things I’ve ever worked on – and one of the most bizarre.”