Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Indicted with Felony Invasion of Privacy After Affair

Through his lawyer, Missouri's embattled governor Eric Greitens continued to maintain his innocence on February 23 as other Republican lawmakers formed a committee to investigate the felony charges against him.

The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement of similar sentiment, pointing to ideological differences being the driving force behind the indictment. She said it "will be extremely hard for him to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head".

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the grand jury indictment Thursday.

CBS News reported Greitens admitted to having an affair but denied it was anything but consensual, and also declared his innocence in regards to the indictment.

Cooper notes that Gardner received more than $200,000 from groups tied to George Soros, a prolific Democratic donor.

Gardner, who grew up in St. Louis and earned a law degree from St. Louis University, chose to run for the job leading an office of about 60 prosecutors when Joyce opted not to seek a fifth term in 2016. "I think we've got a governor who is corrupt or has done things that are illegal". The second-highest ranking senator, Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, stopped short of urging resignation but questioned whether Greitens could still effectively lead the state.

After being booked into the St. Louis Justice Center Thursday afternoon, Greitens was released on personal recognizance and released a statement, inferring that the indictment was politically-motivated.

"Regardless of the outcome, the citizens of Missouri deserve to have a Governor who they feel confident in placing their trust", Andrews said.

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"As a former speaker myself, I understand an investigation conducted by the Missouri House of Representatives is necessary under these serious circumstances", Richard said Friday. That means he won't attend the group's meetings, which were being held during the National Governor's Association meeting.

The Missouri House is launching an investigation into allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used a naked picture to threaten blackmail against a woman with whom he carried out a 2015 affair.

It remained unclear Friday whether Greitens would agree to appear before the panel.

He did, however, today step down from a leadership role in the Republican Governors Association. He has not yet resigned his post but, according to WDBJ7, the number of lawmakers that are demanding for him to resign is growing.

"I am disgusted to learn that a grand jury has found sufficient evidence to indict Governor Greitens on a felony charge", Sen. Democrats said it was the kind of insider politics that Greitens decried in his campaign, and the chairman of the state party filed an ethics complaint contending he should have disclosed the list as an in-kind contribution.

According to the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, 274 felony invasion of privacy charges have been filed in the state since 2004. The photos are allegedly of a women that Greitens was involved in an extramarital affair with.

Wrenn says he hasn't seen what he needs to see to know whether the governor is guilty.

At the center of the charges against the governor is a nude photo that Greitens took of the woman during a visit to his St. Louis home.

  • Adam Floyd