House committee chair says state should not pay Greitens' legal fees

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Tuesday, June 12 2018 Jun 12, 2018 Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:31:00 PM CDT June 12, 2018 in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

JEFFERSON CITY - The chairman of the house committee that investigated former Gov. Eric Greitens is urging the state Office of Administration to refuse to pay Greitens' legal fees.

In a letter to the office Tuesday, Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City , said, "Instead of placing the burden on Missouri taxpayers, those legal fees should be borne exclusively by Eric Greitens himself."

Attorneys Ross Garber and Edward Greim worked for Greitens as the Missouri House was considering possible disciplinary action against him, including the possibility of impeachment. Barnes said they are reportedly billing the state $153,000.

At the time, Greitens was embroiled in two scandals - accusations of blackmail related to an affair, and allegations of computer tampering in relation to his use of a charity donor list for campaign financing.

Garber and Greim contend they were not just working Greitens, but for the Office of the Governor.

In his letter, Barnes said, as a matter of principal, impeachment, and potential impeachment of an elected official is "an act against a person," not an act against the office.

"The 'Office of the Governor' as an entity is unaffected by any impeachment proceeding. Instead, it exists in perpetuity, regardless of the particular individual who holds the office," Barnes said.

Barnes also take exception to what he calls Greitens' attempt to use the Office of the Governor as "leverage" to secure his freedom. Greitens' resignation was part of a deal with the St. Louis circuit attorney, who, in return, dropped the felony computer tampering charge.

Barnes said, "Missouri taxpayers should not be on the hook for lawyers that Eric Greitens used for his own personal purposes. Accordingly, if Garber and Greim seek compensation, they should do so from Eric Greitens himself, not Missouri taxpayers."

More News

Grid
List
MOBERLY - A man with four active warrants was arrested Monday night. According to a press release from the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:17:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Outside the Audrain County courthouse Wednesday, a group of people rallied to create awareness about pets and the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:23:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police announced they found human remains during a landfill search consistent with the description of a Columbia woman... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:00:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Teachers, students and parents at Blue Ridge Elementary School are getting used to new security measures. Over... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple people were trapped in elevators across MU's campus as a result of a widespread power outage Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - Police are investigating after a Walmart employee found a man dead in a car in the parking lot... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents are asking for road improvements after a driver hit and killed a 17-year-old girl on Clark Lane... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:39:47 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -MU's football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers' average home attendance... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:36:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents of Columbia Public School students are demanding a change to the way they treat students with special... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:29:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, winner of three Emmys and a legend and trailblazer in broadcasting, has died at... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:06:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is helping two county agencies with a death investigation Tuesday. Troop F,... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - School Resource Officers (SROs) will be staying in Columbia Public Schools for at least another month. The Columbia... More >>
2 days ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:22:00 AM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A seventeen-year-old is dead after being hit by a car while walking on Clark Lane late Monday night.... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 11:20:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A woman face charges of domestic assault, property damage and driving while intoxicated after investigators said she... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 10:11:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. — A head-on crash in Cole County over the weekend killed a St. Louis County couple travelling... More >>
2 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Hickman High School got its first eSports club five years ago, but this year, it's finally getting its... More >>
3 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis-based company is offering free test-preparation classes for high school students in... More >>
3 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 2:25:00 PM CDT September 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 91°
4pm 90°
5pm 89°
6pm 84°
7pm 82°