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Hawley files motion against subpoena

Lawyers for U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley say a subpoena for him to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit is void and was not property served.

Hawley’s legal team at the Jefferson City law firm Husch Blackwell in a motion filed Thursday wrote that a judge never approved the motion and that the man who filed the suit, Elad Gross, has offered no evidence that Hawley has relevant evidence to provide in the case.

Gross, a former assistant attorney general who is running as a Democrat for attorney general in 2020, requested the subpoena as part of a lawsuit against current Gov. Mike Parson’s office alleging exorbitant charges to fulfill a public records request. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office under Hawley at the time sided with Parson’s office about the fees. Hawley won election to the U.S. Senate in November.

Hawley’s legal team also argued in the filings Thursday that depositions of high-ranking public officials “are improper unless they are truly necessary.” The lawyers are asking the Cole County circuit court to kill the subpoena it issued Monday and prevent Hawley from having any further involvement in the case.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 4.

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