MO Lt Gov: We Want To See Communications Between Gov and WH

MO Lt Gov: We Want To See Communications Between Gov and WH

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) reported that he and leaders in the Missouri House and Senate are filing a request to see the communications between the White House and Governor Jay Nixon (D) to see if the White House pressured Nixon not to send the National Guard to Ferguson on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Kinder said “it has emerged that Valerie Jarrett had multiple conversations with the Governor of Missouri, the chief executive and commander-in-chief of the National Guard when he was not communicating with the Mayor of Ferguson where the trouble happened, in August and where we knew it was likely to happen again.”

When asked if he had any legal remedies to see the communications between Nixon and the White House, he stated “I’ve been on the phone with legislative leaders in both the House and Senate, and we will be filing a request. And I want to put down this marker on your air, remind everyone working for the governor and the executive branch that the destruction of e-mails is an offense punishable under our criminal laws, and they should not be doing that.”

Kinder added, “in his press conference yesterday afternoon the governor issued what I would call a non-denial denial it was not really a denial. He denied that anybody’s motivation was political. Well, no one alleged that. Okay. The Governor of Missouri owes the people of Missouri a whole lot of answers that he has not given to date.” And that the media was being “stonewalled” and hoodwinked” by Nixon.

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