Hawley seeks "computer tampering" felony charges against Greitens in Mission Continues investigation

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Gov. Eric Greitens' lawyers accused Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley of crossing an ethical line Monday when he called on the governor last week to resign over allegations connected to a 2015 extramarital affair.

Hawley confirmed in March that he was investigating The Mission Continues, which Greitens founded in 2007 and left in 2014, in response to accusations that the charity's fundraising list was used to help target potential political donors.

ABC 17 previously reported that federal tax law prohibits 501 (c)(3) charities such as The Mission Continues from participating in any political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office.

In a court hearing Monday in Greitens felony invasion-of-privacy case, Chief Trial Assistant Robert Dierker admitted that the actions of William Tisaby have "created a bad appearance" and given the false impression that the prosecutor's office hid evidence, including delaying handing over notes and a videotape from depositions.

Hawley said the deadline for the statute of limitations is fast approaching so his office turned over the evidence to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney so they can decide if they wish to press charges. Hawley says his office found evidence that Greitens transmitted that list without permission in violation of the law.

Also, the House investigatory committee is weighing whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Greitens based on testimony to the committee.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office did not immediately comment.

Hawley's announcement came one day after Greitens' attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. requested that Hawley recuse the attorney general's office from investigating The Mission Continues. They said in court Thursday that a videotaped deposition of the woman was withheld until an hour after the special House committee's report was released. Attorney general spokeswoman Mary Compton said that's not related to Hawley's investigation into the charity's possible violations of the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

Missouri lawmakers are returning to work at the Capitol amid turmoil in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' office.

Dowd's letter is the latest in a spreading legal web that centers on Greitens facing a felony invasion of privacy count in a jury trial set for May 14. Senate Democrats proposed blocking all bills from going to Greitens' desk in protest of claims against him.