Missouri U-S Senator Josh Hawley is blasting a ruling by a Cole County judge that says the state Attorney General’s office violated the open records law when Hawley was in charge. He describes it as a partisan witch hunt:

However, the judge that made last week’s ruling, Circuit Judge Jon Beetem, is a Republican. He ordered the attorney general’s office to pay a 12-thousand-dollar fine and to pay attorney’s fees and costs associated with the case.