CNN reported that the FBI is looking into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but the governor’s personal attorney has called on the cable network to retract the report, the Kansas City Star reports. Citing information from two unnamed U.S. officials, CNN reported that the FBI recently opened an inquiry into the governor. Jim Bennett, the governor’s attorney, said he and his colleagues have “seen no indication of an FBI investigation, see no matter that is worthy of such an investigation, and do not believe that one exists … Governor Greitens has not been contacted at any time by the FBI and we are not aware of any interest by the FBI.” A spokesman for CNN said the network stands by its reporting.
CNN said it interviewed Eli Karabell, 22, who volunteered to help with Greitens’ transition team in December 2016. Karabell said he was interviewed by two FBI agents in November. It’s unclear when the FBI might have opened an inquiry into Greitens. CNN did not say whether the reported federal inquiry is linked to allegations of blackmail that led to spurred a criminal investigation in St. Louis. Karabell has retained Albert Watkins, the same attorney who is also representing the ex-husband of the governor’s lover, who first brought the blackmail allegations to light.