Woman recounts affair with Missouri governor

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

An official state investigation is being carried out regarding the incident with a lot of Republicans asking Greitens for clarity. The former Navy SEAL officer and veterans' charity founder won election in 2016 as a self-described outsider ready to blow up the political establishment in Jefferson City.

State Sen. Doug Libla, another Republican who lobbied for an investigation into the governor, told CNN that Greitens called him Thursday and that the two men had a "short conversation".

Behind the scenes, however, Greitens and his wife worked feverishly to stanch the bleeding and save his political career. He's not up for re-election until 2020. Eight years ago, he reserved the website name "EricGreitensForPresident.com".

The television report aired after Greitens gave his State of the State address.

The woman in the affair, who has not been named or made an on-the-record statement, was Greitens' hairdresser, according to KMOV's months-long investigation. The husband is recording her without her knowledge and she says, "This can not leave the vehicle". But, the wife did not know he was recording at the time of the conversations allegedly about Governor Greitens. She said on the tape that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up". "I don't think there's any question about that", Smith said. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me".

She said she later realized he took a photo of her. I'll make you feel good.

But a spokeswoman for Hawley said Gardner has jurisdiction.

"The seriousness of this allegation and the implications it will have on the integrity of our state government are deeply disturbing", their letter said.

Republican leaders in the Missouri Senate and House released statements urging Greitens to be "forthright" and "accountable for his actions".

"Something happened, churned this, and had people hounding me, even leaving a voicemail on my daughter's phone - when that happened, everything changed", he said.

State Senator Gary Romine, R-Farmington, wants Governor Eric Greitens to resign or he will ask the legislature to begin impeachment proceedings if the allegations against the governor are true.

Rumors had been swirling all day leading up to the story's publication, with lawmakers, lobbyists and staff anticipating a story about the governor's past could turn up at any moment. The attorney, Jim Bennett, wrote in an email Thursday that any allegation of violence is "completely false".

Curated from Missouri Gov. She said returning to the salon "isn't fair to me, nor anyone close to us".

The ex-husband said Greitens slapped his ex-wife after she told him she and her then-husband had sex, the anonymous man says through his attorney, Albert Watkins.

Attorney Al Watkins said Thursday that he does not know if the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation.

Although the governor admitted late Wednesday to being "unfaithful" in his marriage, he strongly denied any accusation of violence or blackmail through his attorney, James Bennett. He did not say if the ex-husband has also heard from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rep. Gina Mitten, a St. Louis Democrat, called the allegations "deeply troubling". "It never happened", Bennett said in a statement on the governor's behalf.

Columbia College political science professor Terry Smith told ABC 17 News that Greitens' political future is essentially over. Much of her research focuses on China and North Korea. "We want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children".

Greitens was married once before, but it ended in divorce in 2003. The news station obtained the tape from her ex-husband.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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