Gov. Eric Greitens' private attorney is asking CNN to retract its report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently opened an inquiry into the Republican governor.
Greitens canceled a series of events that were supposed to take place around the state this week to promote his proposed tax cuts.
In his press release, Greitens said his other goals include lowering corporate taxes, ending "loopholes that primarily benefit big businesses and high earners" and ensuring tax changes are revenue neutral. Greitens' received nearly $2 million from a secretive political action committee called SEALs for Truth during the campaign, and after his inauguration, senior campaign aides formed a nonprofit called A New Missouri to advocate for Greitens' agenda. The report cited two unnamed US officials. The Republican Governor touted "the boldest state tax reform in America" in his State of the State address on January 11th, hours before the revelation of his affair and blackmail allegations were outed by KMOV TV in St. Louis.
Karabell has a history of antagonistic social media posts directed toward the governor.More news: Analysts See $0.49 EPS for Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE)
CNN has declined to do so.
"We have seen no indication of an FBI investigation, see no matter that is worthy of such an investigation, and do not believe that one exists", Bennett said in an email. "Any suggestion based on CNN's reporting that an investigation exists would not be accurate". Schaaf could not immediately be reached for comment.
The CNN report does not state that Greitens is under investigation.
An FBI inquiry, CNN noted, is different from a formal FBI investigation.More news: Nine killed as fire breaks out in Delhi plastic factory
"It is the long-standing policy of the US Department of Justice that the FBI does not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation", an FBI spokeswoman said.
"CNN stands by its reporting", a spokesman told the News-Leader. He said Karabell may have volunteered to help with inaugural festivities.
And, Watkins had a rejoinder for Bennett's characterization of Karabel's actions. He said Karabell has always been concerned about the influence of "dark money" in Greitens' campaign activities, and has actively called for investigations.
"There was no blackmail, there was no violence, there was no threat of violence, there was no threat of blackmail, there was no threat of using a photograph for blackmail".More news: Korea Defends Joint Athletes Training in The North Decision
The probe comes as Greitens attempts to weather accusations he blackmailed a woman with whom he's admitted to having an extramarital affair, CNN reports. "Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up, '" she said in the audio. In the recording, the woman admits to an affair with Greitens.