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Newspaper publisher is source of mysterious $50k payment in Greitens case

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Lawyers for Gov. Eric Greitens said the publisher of a newspaper was behind some of the mysterious cash payments that were sent to a lawyer representing the ex-husband of Greitens' mistress.

An attorney for Greitens said Scott Faughn, the publisher of the Missouri Times, an outlet that covers Missouri state politics, was behind one of two $50,000 payments sent to the law firm of Al Watkins.

Maria Jeffrey, a spokesperson for Gov. Greitens Legal Defense released a statement on the news of Scott Faughn. 

Just as we learned today that a member of the Jefferson City media dropped off $50,000 in cash to support this campaign of false accusations against the Governor, a report was released with more false information that has not been subject to cross-examination. 

As the Governor has said before, the allegations made against him are false.  Any allegation of sexual violence, coercion, or assault are completely and totally untrue.  He is innocent, and it has become obvious to almost everyone watching this case that the allegations made against him are now collapsing under the weight of pay offs, lies, and perjury.

The statement that came out today, failed to mention that the Defense is under a court order to not turn over the deposition.

In addition, the relevance of the video to the case was that it proved perjury on the part of the leading investigator, suborned perjury on the part of the circuit attorney, and that the lead witness told stories to cover for the perjury of the lead investigator.

Just today, the Judge in the case said that he will rule shortly about whether the testimony of the lead witness will even be admissible, given the lead investigator’s influence over the witness.  That lead investigator is now taking the 5th Amendment, after committing alleged perjury, hiding evidence, and falsifying evidence.  

Today we also learned that $50,000 in cash was delivered to one of the attorneys of the couple making accusations against the Governor by Scott Faughn, a member of the media who has extensive ties to the Governor’s political opponents.

We hope that the House Committee will investigate the pay offs of the people who are working to take down the Governor.  The Governor’s team will certainly be doing so. 

The second payment was delivered by a courier, according to Watkins' testimony. Watkins said he only knew the first name of the courier; "Skylar."

Watkins has acknowledged that two payments of $50,000 were sent to his law firm on the day News 4 broke the story of Greitens affair.

Read: House committee subpoenas lawyer over $100,000 cash payments

Watkins originally denied payments were made before saying money was delivered to his law firm but he claimed he did not know the source of the money. He also said he reported the payments to the FBI. News 4 has not confirmed if Watkins reported the payments.

Scott Faughn took to Twitter and Periscope to respond the allegations that he paid Watkins $50,000. He said Watkins is an attorney for a book he is writing.

Supporters of Gov. Greitens have questioned the motivations of the ex-husband, who shared a secret recording from 2015 in which his then-wife detailed her affair with Greitens.  Greitens has admitted to having an affair but denied wrongdoing.

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