Missouri Lawsuit over Gov. Eric Greitens’ secret texting gets answers Hawley investigators didn’t

JEFFERSON CITY — An ongoing lawsuit has elicited more answers about Gov. Eric Greitens’ secret communications than Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained, in large part because the lawyer working the case didn’t shy away from asking questions.

Mark Pedroli, the attorney handling the lawsuit, provided the News-Leader with dozens of pages of requests for information and written responses from Greitens’ legal counsel. The lawsuit alleges that by using an app that sends self-destructing messages, the governor’s office may have violated the Missouri Sunshine Law.

In response to most questions regarding his communication habits, Greitens wouldn’t offer a yes or a no answer. But even his non-answers offer more detail than was available in Hawley’s probe, in which investigators were apprehensive that Greitens would cite a privilege that doesn’t exist in Missouri law to avoid questions. Read more…