Judge hears Greitens restraining order request against Hawley

Eric Greitens sits beside his wife Sheena Greitens and Attorney General Josh Hawley and his wife Erin Morrow Hawley at last year's inauguration

Beetem, in a ruling released Friday, denied a request for a restraining order by Greitens' legal team, saying he had no authority to put the brakes on an ongoing investigation by Hawley.

A judge has denied a request by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to prohibit Attorney General Josh Hawley from investigating the governor and a veterans' charity he founded. He said the rules apply only to criminal prosecutions and noted that the attorney general is not now prosecuting any case against Greitens, much less in Cole County.

The judge said Greitens' attorneys had no legal grounds to stop Hawley's investigation.

"The chief law enforcement officer of the state of Missouri is making extrajudicial comments about the very matter of a trial that's coming up, and about another investigation that he hasn't even [filed charges], and that he is still undertaking", Bennett said.

During a court hearing Thursday, Greitens' lawyer also suggested Hawley had a disqualifying "personal interest" because he's challenging Democratic U.S. Sen.

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Bennett said, though, they're not looking to halt the investigation into what happened to the donor list.

Sauer argued that appointing an independent prosecutor would delay the investigation for "months".

Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising development on the political front was attorney Al Watkins' disclosure that his firm received $100,000 to deal with the fallout from Greitens' admission of an extramarital affair.

Last week, Hawley announced that while investigating The Mission Continues he had developed evidence of potential criminal wrongdoing by Greitens.

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