Statement from State Auditor's Office after Attorney General Schmitt incorrectly understands the Auditor's authority

The State Auditor's Office today released the following statement: 

"Any criticism by Attorney General Schmitt regarding the laws that govern the State Auditor's authority rings hollow. In 2013, then-Senator Schmitt voted in favor of expanding the authority of the Auditor's Office to conduct investigations. Additionally, the Attorney General is currently prosecuting public corruption cases where we utilized this same authority to expose wrongdoing.

"Per Chapter 29, RSMo of Missouri Law, the State Auditor's Office has the authority to disclose information in a public audit report, unless another provision of law specifically prohibits it. There is not any law that prohibits the disclosure of sworn testimony gathered in the course of an audit. "

The 2013 legislation referenced above was House Bill 116.