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Politically Speaking: As Greitens court back-and-forth continues, Republicans feel political heat

An email sent to St. Louis Public Radio about a now-scuttled soccer stadium prompted Attorney General Josh Hawley to once again look into Gov. Eric Greitens’ social media policies. Jan. 2017
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Eric Greitens sits alongside his wife, Sheena Greitens, and Attorney General Josh Hawley and his wife, Erin Morrow Hawley.

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann round up this week’s legal and political news surrounding Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

This week’s episode zeroes in on how Greitens’ political plight is weighing on other political figures — including Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Greitens’ legal team unsuccessfully sought to move the trial date from mid-May to early April. One of the reasons cited is to get the trial over with before a House committee releases its report on the governor’s conduct.

Mannies profiled members of this committee this week, which is lead byterm-limited Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City. The committee is slated to release its report by April 9.

Among the things discussed on the podcast:

  • We talked with Washington University Law Professor Peter Joy about why it may or may not matter whether St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner retrieves a photograph that’s central to Greitens’ trial.
  • The late-breaking development where Gardner alleged Greitens used a text-deleting cell phone appto transmit the photo.
  • How Attorney General Josh Hawley is updating reporters on his Mission Continues investigation — which comes as Democrats are attacking him for going too easy on the governor.
  • Why at least one Republican lawmaker believes it’s too early to determine whether Greitens will influence his re-election bid.

And listen to Rachel Lippmann on St. Louis on the Air here:

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Rachel Twitter: @rlippmann

Music: “You’ve Seen the Butcher” by Deftones

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.
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