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Politically Speaking: With critical House report looming, Greitens’ legal team goes on attack

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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann break down all of the developments in the legal and political saga of Gov. Eric Greitens.

This week’s show zeroes in on how a special House committee investigating Greitens is set to release its report in the coming days.

The stakes are high for Greitens, because the report could recommend impeachment for the GOP chief executive. And it doesn’t help that Greitens hasn’t forged close relationships with Republicans that control the Missouri General Assembly.

While little happened this week in the courtroom, Greitens’ lawyers did go after an investigator that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner brought in for the case — and are seeking to question former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple.

Temple is denying defense implications that he was somehow involved in the scandal involving Greitens' ex-mistress going public, and accuses the defense of improperly attacking the woman.

Other topics on the show include:

  • Why some of Greitens’ attorneys didn’t want the House’s report to be revealed before trial.
  • How a footnote in a legal document could provide an important preview for the trial.
  • What a Bar complaint from a House Republican legislator will mean for Gardner.

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Rachel Lippmann on Twitter: @rlippmann

Music: “Beauty School” by Deftones

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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