Missouri attorney general weighs in on Confide messaging app

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 13, 2017

Missouri's attorney general said Monday that he's weighing whether to appoint a special investigator to check into use of the secretive Confide messaging app by several senior members of Gov. Eric Greitens' office. Instead, he criticized the media.

"This is another nothing story that's come from a liberal media outlet that is just desperate for salacious headlines", said Greitens, referring to The Star's story during his own press conference Monday.

Although it is not clear what he is discussing on it, the governor's use of the app has drawn concern from government transparency advocates.

Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, was asked by Democratic state Sen.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens sprints to the finish line of the obstacle course with teammates from the St. Louis County Police Department during the SEMO SWAT Challenge in Fredericktown Mo. Greitens is earning a reputation
Missouri attorney general weighs in on Confide messaging app

Amid calls for an investigation of the governor's office use of the app on Friday, Hawley's office told The Star that it was unable to get involved in any Sunshine Law matter pertaining to the governor's office because the attorney general now represents the governor in ongoing litigation.

"The legal complexities are significant", he said, "but we are reviewing those carefully and as swiftly as possible". Scott Sifton of the St. Louis area to investigate after The Kansas City Star reported last week that it determined Greitens and some of his staff have Confide accounts connected to their personal cellphones. Hawley said text messages sent or received by state employees about state business fall under open records laws, but he also says the issue is "complicated".

Hawley says he believes text messages should be treated like emails, which must be retained.

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