Report: No criminal misconduct regarding Blunt's e-mail records

JEFFERSON CITY | Investigators found insufficient records-retention policies but no criminal misconduct in the office of former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report is likely the final word on the e-mail records-retention controversy that surrounded Blunt from late 2007 until he left office in January.

While investigators found no criminal wrongdoing and did not refer any findings to a prosecutor, the report outlines several instances in which the governor’s office did not have adequate policies regarding record retention and state open-records law.

In other instances, the investigators said insufficient evidence prevented them from drawing definite conclusions.

In a written response, lawyers for Blunt agreed with the investigators’ finding that no criminal conduct occurred, but also said the report contained “flawed factual assumptions and conclusions” that were unsupported by state law.