AG Hawley responds to former top-aide's use of text message destroying 'Confide' app

Missouri Attorney General and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley speaks to supporters during a campaign stop Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in St. Charles, Mo. Hawley is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Attorney General and U.S. Senator-Elect Josh Hawley is responding to allegations that his former Chief of Staff used an app to destroy text messages.

Before leaving his post as Hawley's top aide earlier this year, Evan Rosell reportedly used the Confide app, however he has denied using it for governmental business. Rosell was the Chief of Staff for Hawley's office while Hawley investigated former Governor Eric Greitens for his administrations use of the message destroying app. Hawley's investigation found no wrongdoing in that investigation, which has seen criticism by many attorneys and Democrats.

"We have a policy in this office that says that Confide is not to be used for public business. We take that seriously. We expect every person in this office to abide by it. It would be a clear violation of this office's policy," Hawley told reporters Thursday.

Earlier this year Hawley pushed the legislature to pass a bill that would give the Attorney General's office subpoena power in Sunshine Law violation investigations and increase the penalty for them. There is no word on if anyone else in Hawley's office used the Confide app.

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