JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP/KMOV.com) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway's office is seeking information about the use of taxpayer funds to hire private attorneys for Gov. Eric Greitens' office.
Attorneys Ross Garber and Eddie Greim say they've been hired to represent the governor's office in potential House impeachment proceedings against Greitens.
Garber says he's charging $320 an hour, which is half his normal rate. Greim says he and colleague Dane Martin are charging $340 an hour.
Galloway released a letter Tuesday that she had sent to Greitens' office seeking copies of bids and contracts for the attorneys, itemized billings and the budget line item from which they are being paid.
Greitens office later released the following statement:
The House Special Committee on Oversight has retained attorneys from two Missouri law firms to serve as its counsel and to assist the House committee’s taxpayer-paid lawyers. To date, the House committee has served subpoenas and raised issues in court.
Following the legislature’s vote to call itself into special session, the Office of the Governor retained Missouri litigation counsel to represent the Office and Governor Greitens in his official capacity in the House proceedings.
Edward (“Eddie”) Greim of Graves Garrett LLC will join Ross Garber as outside counsel to the Office of the Governor. Greim is a litigator specializing in Missouri policy and constitutional issues; Garber specializes in providing advice and expertise related to legislative investigations and due process. They will be representing the office, and paid out of the office’s budget.