The Latest: Missouri AG says Greitens can't hire lawyers

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Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a letter Friday that he must consent to the hiring of private attorneys to represent state offices. Hawley says Greitens' office never asked him for permission before hiring attorneys Ross Garber and Eddie Greim.

Hawley's letter was sent to Auditor Nicole Galloway, who in turn shared it with the treasurer and administration offices responsible for processing state payments.

Greitens spokesman Parker Briden says it's a long-established fact that the governor's office has the ability to hire attorneys.

Garber is to be paid $320 an hour and Greim's firm is to get $340 an hour.

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1:30 p.m.

A Missouri prosecutor won't be charging Gov. Eric Greitens with filing a false campaign finance report about a charity donor list.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson issued a brief statement Friday saying he had received information from Attorney General Josh Hawley's investigation into Greitens but decided not to file a charge. He didn't say why not and declined to comment further.

A Hawley spokeswoman said the office continues to believe there was probable cause for a charge of filing a false document.

As part of a settlement with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Greitens' campaign filed an amended finance report in April 2017 indicating it received a charity donor list from former campaign manager Danny Laub.

But testimony since then has pointed to Greitens as an original source of the list.

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12:10 p.m.

A Missouri prosecutor says he won't be filing any charges against Gov. Eric Greitens related to a campaign finance report about his use of a charity donor list.

Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson issued a brief statement Friday confirming he received information from Attorney General Josh Hawley's investigation into Greitens' campaign.

Richardson said he decided not to file the criminal charge suggested by Hawley's office. But he offered no explanation of why not and said he would have no further comment.

As part of a settlement with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Greitens' campaign filed an amended finance report in 2017 indicating it had received a charity donor list from former campaign manager Danny Laub.

But testimony since then has pointed to Greitens as an original source of the list.

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12:05 a.m.

The case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is shifting from a St. Louis courtroom to a Capitol committee room.

A special legislative session devoted to allegations against the Republican governor is scheduled to begin Friday evening. The key question during the 30-day session will be whether to impeach Greitens in an effort to oust him from office.

A St. Louis prosecutor dropped a felony charge earlier this week accusing Greitens of taking a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman in 2015.

Allegations of sexual misconduct are likely to be revived during the special session. Lawmakers also will be looking into whether Greitens misused a charity donor list for political fundraising and committed other campaign finance violations.

Attorneys for the governor want the right to question witnesses during legislative proceedings.

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