House special committee continues reading of witness transcript

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By: Joshua Kranzberg, KOMU 8 Executive Producer, Kamaria Braye and Shelby Lofton, KOMU 8 Reporters
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JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in the affair with Gov. Greitens.

The committee started reading the 700-page report on Wednesday, which included sexually graphic details about the encounters between the governor and the woman, known as "K.S."

Around 1 p.m., Scott Faughn started his testimony. Faughn is a publisher for The Missouri Times newspaper, and is accused of paying $50,000 to Al Watkins, the lawyer of the woman's ex-husband.

Faughn's attorney, Chuck Hatfield, sparred with Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, about the details of the payment.

At one point, Barnes asked Hatfield how Faughn came to have $120,000 in cash. Hatfield responded by advising Barnes not to "get into the internal workings of [my] company."

Barnes then asked Faughn how he felt "about taking advantage of Witness 1." Faughn argued he only asked Witness 1 (the woman involved with the governor) for an interview and she declined.

Faughn also said he's never spoken to the ex-husband of the woman involved in the affair.

Rep. J. Eggelston, R-Maysville, asked Faughn how he was able to get $50,000 in cash delivered to Watkins. Faughn responded by saying it was put in "a pretty small legal document." Faughn paid Watkins two $50,000 payments.

Faughn added, "I had no idea this was going to be a criminal matter."

Committee members repeatedly asked Faughn how he had such a large sum of cash, but Hatfield advised him to not answer the question, saying he felt it was "wholly irrelevant."

Rep. Barnes mused that "there's a lot of incredulity on the front end and back end of the story."

Hatfield said not discussing financial matters is not untruthful, comparing it to a public official not releasing their tax returns.

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