Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said on Thursday that Missouri Democrat State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s release of Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) audit “likely” violated state law.
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri’s only statewide Democrat, released the audit of Hawley’s tenure as attorney general in 2017.
Galloway’s audit of Hawley cleared the senator of wrongdoing when he was the state’s attorney general. Hawley’s lawyer claimed there was “deeply troubling” Democrat bias during the investigation of the Missouri senator.
Hawley’s campaign filed a complaint with the Missouri State Board of Accountancy for what the senator described as “misconduct” committed by the state auditor and her staff.
Galloway’s lead auditor assigned to investigate Hawley’s case, Pamela Allison, reportedly discussed “altering” the audit’s conclusions to make the audit seem more critical of the Missouri senator and his office.
The audit report claims that the email does not reveal a lack of objectivity or a pro-Democrat bias on the part of Galloway or her staff.
“The inadvertently sent email from the Audit Manager cited in the response is not evidence of a lack of objectivity, rather evidence that the audit team was appropriately evaluating audit evidence,” the audit suggested.
The Missouri representative said, “This allegation would constitute an extreme breach in the confidence the people of Missouri place in the role of your office.”
Schmitt then cited state law that “audit work papers and related supportive material SHALL be kept confidential, including any interpretations, advisory opinions, or other information or materials used and relied on in performing the audit.”
As the Chief Legal Officer of the state of Missouri – the AG’s Office has repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the political nature of @AuditorGalloway’s audit of fmr AG @HawleyMO’s Office & the unprecedented release of transcripts likely in violation of state law. #moleg
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) February 6, 2020