Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Greitens hires former chief justice

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Missouri Republican Governor-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri House committee investigating Republican Gov. Eric Greitens has hired former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward “Chip” Robertson Jr. as special counsel.

Chairman Rep. Jay Barnes in a Wednesday statement said Sedalia attorney Mark Kempton, a former county prosecutor, also is helping the committee.

House Communications Director Trevor Fox says both are working pro bono. The House is reimbursing their out-of-pocket expenses.

The Republican-led House launched an investigation after a grand jury indicted Greitens on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge over allegations that he took a partially nude photograph of a woman he said he had an extramarital affair with in 2015.

The panel is still investigating separate claims that Greitens took a donor list without permission from a veterans’ charity and used it for his gubernatorial campaign.

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