JEFFERSON CITY • Top aides to embattled Gov. Eric Greitens may soon be testifying under oath about the governor’s fundraising practices.
A day after a special House committee released a report showing how Greitens had used a list of top donors to his former charity to raise money for his 2016 bid for governor and later lied when he settled a Missouri Ethics Commission complaint last year, plans were underway to subpoena former campaign staffers for additional information.
A date for when those subpoenas might be issued and to whom were not available Thursday afternoon, but former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward “Chip” Robertson Jr., an attorney for the legislative committee, said it will happen.
Robertson’s pledge came in response to Greitens campaign attorney Catherine Hanaway, who complained the committee didn’t give the campaign a chance to be heard before it released the report.
Only one Greitens aide who was involved in the campaign during its early stages remains on the governor’s staff.
Jennae Neustadt, who is the governor’s legislative director, is listed in the committee’s report as being at some of the planning meetings Greitens was having as he plotted his bid for statewide office.
Other aides came to the campaign after his original team had departed and left the campaign payroll before the ethics commission settlement.
Greitens’ spokesman Parker Briden, who also was on the campaign payroll, said no taxpayer dollars would be used if staffers are subpoenaed.
“Counsel for the Office of the Governor would not represent any staff member in connection with testimony regarding campaign matters,” Briden said Thursday.
Among those who continue to be paid by the campaign and could face questioning before the committee are campaign manager Austin Chambers, finance director Meredith Gibbons and Scott Turk, who returned to the campaign after working in the governor’s office last year.
The release of the report, which came after the committee unveiled its investigation of a 2015 extramarital affair the governor had with his hairdresser, has increased calls for him to step down or be ousted.
“Eric Greitens stole from a veterans’ charity and then, as Governor, lied about it to the Missouri Ethics Commission. This is a crime. It’s time Republican leaders in the Missouri House do the right thing and begin the impeachment proceedings immediately,” Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, said Thursday.
Greitens problems also won’t end with the committee. In addition to facing a May 14 trial on felony invasion of privacy charges related to his affair, Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office also continues to probe the governor.
“Our investigation is ongoing,” said Hawley spokeswoman Mary Compton.