Missouri Secretary of State ends investigation of Josh Hawley

Ashcroft finds no proof of misused resources
Missouri Secretary of State ends investigation of Josh Hawley

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says he’s closing the investigation into whether U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley misused public resources while serving as Missouri’s attorney general.

Ashcroft says his office didn’t find evidence to back up allegations against Hawley.

Ashcroft launched the investigation against fellow Republican Hawley following a complaint by the liberal group American Democracy Legal Fund.

The group alleged in November that Hawley misused state resources because political consultants directed taxpayer-paid staff in the Attorney General’s Office to emphasize policies that could help his Senate campaign.

Those consultants later worked for Hawley’s successful bid to unseat former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

But Ashcroft says the consultants were used to further Hawley’s priorities as attorney general. He says no evidence shows they were used to promote him as a candidate.