Democrats undermine Missouri attorney general’s office for information on Hawley | Policy

JEFFERSON CITY — National Democrats flooded the Missouri attorney general’s office with requests for Sunshine Law this year — but they aren’t seeking information on Eric Schmitt, the current attorney general nominee for the U.S. Senate.

The Democratic National Committee wants documents from U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s two years as Missouri attorney general, according to records obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

The DNC’s 89 separate open records requests since March show Democrats are actively seeking potentially damaging information from Hawley as he possibly prepares for a presidential election in 2024.

A lack of Sunshine requests from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee regarding Schmitt this year also indicates that Democrats did not view the competition between the attorney general and Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine as competitive.

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Asked about the claims, a DNC spokesperson referenced the famous photo of Hawley waving to Trump supporters at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. He also mentioned a posted video of Hawley fleeing rioters as they flooded Capitol.

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re looking at someone who saluted those who attacked the Capitol before they assaulted police officers and attempted to nullify an election,” said DNC spokesperson Ammar Moussa. . “Fortunately, the video of Hawley running for his life is already a public record.”

The majority of Sunshine Law requests by the DNC are for information that was requested during Hawley’s two years in office, from 2017 to 2019.

“It’s sad,” said Hawley spokesperson Kyle Plotkin. “The Democrats have tried and failed over and over again to beat Josh. Now they’re going to launch the same old fake attacks that resulted in Josh being sworn into the Senate.

On March 10, the Missouri Attorney General’s office received 18 requests from a DNC staff member.

The requests requested information such as work misconduct records against Hawley, records of funds spent on office renovations, copies of Hawley’s credit card statements, text messages and cell phone bills for Hawley and key collaborators Daniel Hartman and Evan Rosell.

Records show officials found no records of complaints against Hawley, while the office had not produced records in response to the other three requests.

In March, the DNC also requested records of other Sunshine claims filed during Hawley’s tenure as attorney general. The Attorney General’s office produced documents in response to this request.

Then, on August 2, the DNC sent a wave of 71 additional requests from Sunshine Law to the attorney general’s office.

The vast majority of these requests request information produced in response to Sunshine requests that others had filed. These requests were pending.