JEFFERSON CITY — Dark money and dirty politics drove the House Investigative Committee on Oversight’s questioning of Albert Watkins, the lawyer representing the ex-husband of Gov. Eric Greitens’ former mistress. Now, Greitens’ lawyers want to subpoena Scott Faughn, the Missouri Times publisher who gave Watkins $120,000 in cash in exchange for a recording of the woman’s admission of the affair.
Greitens’ legal team had previously implied that the money Faughn delivered was part of a politically motivated attack against the governor. Faughn testified Wednesday that no one gave him the cash, putting his words at odds with Watkins’ testimony Thursday that a GOP operative supplied it.
Then, one hour into Watkins’ testimony, chair of the committee Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, made his own admission: He has spoken with the FBI about possible wrongdoing on behalf of Greitens’ campaign.
The House committee is also investigating allegations of Greitens’ misuse of a nonprofit donor list to fund his 2016 campaign and he is facing a related felony.
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