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Blunt in trouble for ordering destruction of emails

Date: May 6, 2008
By: Suvro Banerji
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Missouri Democratic representative for Attorney General from Columbia voiced his approval for a lawsuit against governor. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol.  RunTime:0:52
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Attorney General candidate Jeff Harris urges Governor Matt Blunt to administer a more open government and have public records like emails accessible to the public.

Harris says the governor needs to stop playing politics and tell the people the truth.

   

Actuality:  HARR2.WAV
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Description: "Who ordered the destruction of these emails? Why was the destruction ordered? What was in these emails? We deserve to know as taxpayers. And if this governor doesn't give us answers, doesn't give us answers now, then we gotta revisit this issue and we have to see whether he should serve the remainder of his term."

Representative Margaret Donnelley from St Louis area voiced similar opinions regarding the accessibility of these emails.

From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji.


Intro: A Missouri attorney general candidate urges the governor to stop playing politics and stay more open to the public. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol.  RunTime:0:47
OutCue: SOC

Democratic Representative from Columbia Jeff Harris voiced his strong support for the lawsuit against Governor Blunt for ordering destruction of emails and keeping them from being public records.

Attorney general candidate Harris says this lawsuit illustrates some very serious problems the current administration has.

 

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Run Time: 00:12
Description: "When you intentionally destroy or instruct someone to intentionally destroy government records, that is a real problem because it undercuts the very heart of our democratic system of government."

The lawsuit was filed by a special investigative team set up by Attorney General Jay Nixon.

But Republican attorney general candidate, Senator Pro Tem Michael Gibbons says this lawsuit reflects Nixon's political motivations to governor's office.

From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji.