ST. LOUIS — Attorneys for Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will seek to disqualify prosecutors in the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office from a second felony case involving the governor, they told a judge Monday.
The new charge, filed Friday, involves Greitens’ use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign. He is charged with computer data tampering for allegedly disclosing the donor list from The Mission Continues with permission from the St. Louis-based charity, which he founded.
Greitens already faced a felony charge in an unrelated case stemming from an extramarital affair he had with his St. Louis hairdresser in 2015. He is charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of the woman without her consent.
Greitens’ attorneys did not elaborate on why St. Louis prosecutors should be disqualified from the computer data tampering case.
But defense attorneys have been critical of the way the circuit attorney’s office handled the invasion of privacy case. They’ve accused the prosecutor’s office of waiting to provide them with some evidence. The judge last week refused to dismiss the case, but agreed that an investigator and the woman with whom Greitens had the affair should sit for new depositions.
Greitens is due to go to trial May 14 in that case.
Greitens has been facing increasing pressure to resign — including from fellow Republicans — since a special House investigative committee’s report released April 11 that detailed allegations from the woman with whom he had the affair. She testified that Greitens restrained, slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.
Greitens has said the affair was consensual and has denied any criminal wrongdoing.