(USA Features) An investigation into St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s handling of a case against former Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens turned up dozens of instances of misconduct.
Gardner, one of the first local prosecutors backed by billionaire left-wing megadonor and investor George Soros, engaged in “sweeping misconduct in the failed prosecution” of Greitens including lying “to judges in court filings and testimony, withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, misled her own prosecution team and violated the constitutional right to a fair trial,” Just the News reported.
According to Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel’s memo, Gardner engaged in 62 acts of misconduct that resulted in 79 false representations in the now-dismissed prosecution of Greitens, the outlet added, citing the memo.
“Probable cause exists to believe that the respondent is guilty of professional misconduct,” Pratzel declared in a 73-page memo, which went on to accuse Gardner of multiple instances where she allegedly withheld exculpatory evidence while also giving a false impression of the case to courts, the defense team, and her own prosecutors.
Pratzel also said Gardner lied during disciplinary hearings that took place long after Greitens’ case was dismissed.
A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Greitens was a rising GOP star when he was forced to resign as the Show-Me State governor in 2018, less than two years into his first term.
“The disciplinary action against Gardner follows the 2019 indictment of her former chief investigator in the case, ex-FBI agent William Tisaby, on seven felonies alleging he committed perjury and evidence tampering during the Greitens probe,” Just the News reported.
Greitens is reportedly considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by another former Missouri GOP governor, Roy Blunt.