COLUMBIA, Mo. — With just six days to go until Election Day, Missouri voters couldn’t be more ready to reject Josh Hawley over his failed record as Attorney General.
“From the time he first stepped foot in the Attorney General’s office, Josh Hawley has been focused on using the job to get ahead instead of looking out for the people of Missouri. Whether it was his sham investigation of Governor Greitens’ use of Confide or allowing the primary functions of the office to languish, Hawley has done nothing to suggest he deserves a promotion.”
Missouri Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Brooke Goren
Here’s a look at how Josh Hawley has let the people of Missouri down in his job as Attorney General:
- An investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that Hawleyallowed the primary functions of the office to become “de-emphasized and under-resourced,” and the New York Times reported that “a review of public records and internal documents, as well as interviews with current and former employees, reveals a chaotic tenure as attorney general that has been costly for state taxpayers.”
- An attorney in Hawley‘s office who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being fired said, “I think the attorney general position is being short-changed, without question.”
- The Post-Dispatch also revealed that Hawley‘s investigations in the Attorney General’s office have gone nowhere.
- Hawley’s office’s failure to do basic functions like produce documents became so problematic that he was fined and told to “do his job.”
- Months after Hawley conducted a sham investigation and cleared Greitens of wrongdoing in his use of a text-message deleting app Confide, a private attorney has been able to find more evidence about the former governor’s potential destruction of government records than the Attorney General ever discovered.
- Hawley did not file an official request for records in the Confide case, agreed to Greitens’ demands that interviews with his staff be kept to 15 minutes and allowed Greitens’ attorney to sit in on them, and somehow the former governor’s office knew well in advance when Hawley‘s investigation would wrap up.
- Hawley also continues to refuse to use his authority to seek answers about the dark money donors behind former governor Eric Greitens’ nonprofit organization, leaving a private attorney to pursue the case instead.
- While Hawley frequently touts his role in the raids of several Greene County massage parlors that were allegedly part of a widespread human trafficking and prostitution ring, “little or nothing had happened in the investigation” and there have been no felony charges filed in the case.
- Hawley has refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he puts in a 40 hour work week while collecting his taxpayer-funded salary — and a review of his calendar showed only three hours per week spent on official business in 2018.
- Instead of doing his job, Hawley has been repeatedly spotted at the gym and buying wine during work hours.