ST. LOUIS (KMOX)– Responding to Democratic calls for an investigation into Governor Greitens’ reported use of disappearing text messages, Missouri’s Attorney General says he is looking into whether his office can look into the possible violation of the state’s sunshine law.

Josh Hawley says it’s a complicated issue.

“The Missouri supreme court ruled in 2002 that the Missouri Attorney General’s office may not simultaneously represent a state officer or a state agency and take adverse legal action against that state officer or that state agency,” he says.

Hawley says an investigation by his office may also violate the rules of professional conduct. He says the Sunshine Law gives jurisdiction to the Cole County prosecutor.

Hawley says he believes text messages should be treated like emails, which must be retained.

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