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Missouri Times publisher says he is source of mystery money in Greitens case

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Posted at 6:59 AM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 17:48:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The special session to consider the impeachment of Gov. Eric Greitens is in full swing with a number of witness testimonies lined up. 

Thursday, Al Watkins, the attorney for the ex-husband of the woman with whom Gov. Greitens had an affair, will testify.

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Earlier, on Wednesday, publisher of The Missouri Times Scott Faughn testified before the committee. 

His testimony was key because before the invasion of privacy case against Gov. Greitens, Watkins told reporters he had received two packages containing $50,000 each.

During questioning by the committee on Wednesday, Faughn said the $100,000 was his money. 

Committee members questioned how Faughn obtained that money if he owed thousands of dollars to the state in taxes. 

"I don't know how to say it more plainly. It was my money," Faughn said as he was pressed for answers by multiple lawmakers. 

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Greitens’ legal team said they think the money was given to Faughn by one of the governor’s rivals to push for charges against the governor. 

While at an NRA event, a reporter from NBC affiliate KOMU asked Gov. Greitens, "Is there anything you'd like to comment about on this special session going on right now?”

Gov. Greitens responded,"You know, our focus is really on working for the people of Missouri and delivering on our promises. More jobs and higher pay, safer streets, and better schools. And that's why we're so happy to be out here today, you know, really helping to showcase what's going on in mid-Missouri and the fact that people from all over the world are attracted to come here to mid-Missouri. We got a lot to offer."

Scott Faughn, publisher of The Missouri Times, buys airtime on 38 The Spot to broadcast his weekly television show, This Week in Missouri Politics. Faughn is responsible for the content of that program.