Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the keynote address at the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association 27th Annual Police Officer Memorial Prayer Breakfast on April 25, 2018, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

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Missouri Auditor Backs Decision to Not Pay Greitens' Lawyers

Galloway had raised concerns about Greitens' attempt to use taxpayer funds for the attorneys.

June 15, 2018 - 4:33 pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says she's glad the state has declined to pay private attorneys who represented former Gov. Eric Greitens' office against potential impeachment proceedings. 

 

Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman determined Thursday that the lawyers' work primarily benefited Greitens personally and not the governor's office. 

Steelman's office said Friday that it had overstated the amount billed by Eddie Greim's law firm as $118,000 instead of the actual amount of $89,000. When combined with a $64,000 bill from attorney Ross Garber, the total amount billed to the state was a little over $153,000. 

Galloway had raised concerns about Greitens' attempt to use taxpayer funds for the attorneys. 

Greitens had said they represented his office in an official capacity. He resigned June 1 amid allegations of sexual and political misconduct. 

"It looks like we've been caught in the middle of a political and politically motivated fight in Missouri," Garber said.

Greim said he had never been contacted by the Office of Administration to learn more about the work he performed for the governor's office. He said the first task he did was to accept a subpoena on behalf of the governor's office to compile records related to questions about how the governor's office had posted a document online with an unauthorized signature of the secretary of state.

"It would be ludicrous to claim that somehow the person who happens to hold the office — or happens to be in office at the time — has to actually personally pay for the office's production (of records) to the committee," Greim said in a phone interview from London, where he was vacationing.

Steelman is a former Republican state treasurer and senator who was appointed administration commissioner by Greitens when he took office as governor in 2017. She has continued to serve in the role under Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who ascended from the lieutenant governor's office after Greitens resigned.