Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is now under scrutiny for breaking the law during the 2018 election.
Cole County Presiding Judge Jon Beetem has ruled that Hawley’s Attorney General’s office broke the state’s Sunshine when he was running for the Senate.
The law was violated when Hawley’s office refused to turn over records that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had requested.
Beetem ruled, “The decision to withhold documents responsive to the DSCC’s Sunshine requests was made by public officials who had personal and professional stakes in the documents not being released and in the success of then-candidate Hawley’s campaign.”
The DSCC filed the suit in 2019.
The law allows citizens to request records and public meetings from government officials, with some exceptions.
It is basically a stripped-down version of the Freedom of Information Act.
The AG office has now been ordered to pay a $12,000 fine plus all legal fees and costs of the DSCC.
Hawley obviously won the election in 2018 and barring some bombshell, he will be running for re-election in 2024.
This, however, will be a stain on his record that Democrats will look to exploit in the election.
Source: Washington Examiner