A judge has delayed an order for documents from Eric Greitens’ secretive nonprofit group to be turned over to a special Missouri House committee investigating him.
Greitens’ campaign attorney, Catherine Hanaway, filed a court motion Friday morning claiming the committee no longer had authority to demand the documents because the Republican head of state would be resigning the same day.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem had decided Tuesday that the documents must be turned over to the committee by 5 p.m Friday. But several hours before that deadline, Beetem delayed his order while he allows Hanaway to present her case for a reversal of his decision. Beetem said a hearing would be held sometime after 9 a.m. Monday.
The non-profit group, A New Missouri Inc., is a classified as a 501 (c) (4) organization that conceals the identities of its donors. Because of this arrangement, it’s often associated with the term “dark money”.
During the 2016 campaign, Greitens’ campaign received $6 million worth of “dark money” contributions that traveled through nonprofits and into federal political action committees.
According to the court order, A New Missouri Inc. must turn over communications and documents showing potential coordination between it, the governor and the governor’s campaign committee, as well as money it’s spent related to advertising.
The House still wants the subpoenas from the committee honored.