The Latest: Lawyer says he gave FBI audio on Greitens affair
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Latest on the investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):
A lawyer says he gave a recording of a woman detailing an extramarital affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to the FBI.
Attorney Al Watkins on Thursday told a Missouri House legislative committee investigating Greitens that he provided the recording to authorities in January or February 2017.
A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to say if Greitens is under investigation.
Watkins represents the ex-husband of the woman Greitens said he had an affair with in 2015, before his election. The ex-husband secretly recorded a conversation with his then-wife, during which she described a sexual encounter with Greitens.
Greitens was indicted for alleged felony invasion of privacy related to that encounter. The woman said Greitens took an at least partially nude photo of her and threatened to release it if she spoke about their encounter. The St. Louis prosecutor dropped the case last week, although she referred it to a special prosecutor for consideration.
An attorney for the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he was paid $100,000 cash that he was told originated from a wealthy out-of-state Republican.
Lawyer Al Watkins testified Thursday to a legislative investigatory committee that The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn provided the cash in January 2017.
The payments occurred as Watkins was working with other media to publicize an audio recording the husband made in which his wife described a sexual encounter with Greitens.
Faughn testified Wednesday that he paid the money to purchase the recording but declined to say how he got the money.
Watkins testified that Faughn implied it was to help cover the husband's legal fees and hopefully to help provide a soft landing for the man.
The chairman of a special legislative committee investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says it is "disgusting" that defense lawyers asked a woman involved in a 2015 affair with Greitens if she sent photos to a porn site.
The committee is investigating allegations related to the affair that took place before Greitens was elected, including allegations that he took a partially nude photo of the woman during an encounter in the basement of his St. Louis home in March 2015. The Legislature is meeting in special session to consider impeachment of the Republican governor.
On Wednesday, the committee reviewed questioning of the woman by Greitens' lawyers about photos on a porn site. The woman said she never uploaded photos to a porn site, and the committee said the photos were clearly not her.
Chairman Jay Barnes, a Republican, called the questioning "disgusting."
Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens want lawmakers investigating the governor to issue a variety of subpoenas to probe more deeply into the source of a cash payment related to sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Greitens' attorneys said in a letter to lawmakers that a key question remains unanswered after The Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn testified Wednesday.
Faughn said he paid $120,000 cash to a lawyer representing the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with Greitens, but he declined to say how he got the money. Faughn said most of the money was to purchase an audio recording the man made of his wife describing a sexual encounter with Greitens.
Greitens' attorneys want subpoenas served to Faughn and several others to try to reveal the money source.
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