Several Republicans call for Greitens to step down

Lawrence Kim
February 24, 2018

That comes after the woman's ex-husband publicly accused Greitens of the affair. Greitens admitted to the affair, but denied the allegations of blackmail.

"Missouri law says that. taking the picture alone is a misdemeanor".

"Gov. Greitens has to go", Nasheed said.

St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner vowed in a statement on Thursday to "hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident".

After a decision by the House to impeach the governor, Missouri's Constitution provides for a special panel of seven "eminent jurists" to be elected by the Senate.

Hawley's tweet calls an indictment "a serious matter". On Thursday, he said the indictment "will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri". The Circuit Attorney asked if the Governor would be making a statement that is any different from his public statements.

Court documents accuse Greitens of knowingly photographing an unidentified person in a state of partial or full nudity without consent and when the victim would have had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Gary Romine, who said impeachment proceedings should begin immediately if Greitens doesn't step down.

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., says Greitens was willing to meet with Gardner but she declined the offer. In unprecedented fashion, the Circuit Attorney circumvented the local police force and hired her own investigators - we attempted to meet with the Circuit Attorney and make the Governor available to discuss the issues. "Without additional facts and information from the Governor, the meeting was not necessary", Ryan said.

FOX4's Robert Townsend hit the KC streets Thursday night after the indictment was announced to get reaction from Missourians.

The penalty for first-degree invasion of privacy in Missouri is a sentence of up to four years behind bars.

It is not unusual for the Circuit Attorney to conduct an independent investigation.

The woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took a compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

But given Missouri's clear Republican lean - and the seriousness of the charge Greitens is facing - it's possible that Republicans in the state (and nationally) will decide to cut bait on the incumbent rather than risk badly tarnishing the party's brand.

"Everything flows from the top, and you look at what's going on with our president, this doesn't really surprise me", KC resident Howard Townsend said.

So does this mean Gov. Greitens is out of a job?

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty said Thursday that Greitens should consider resigning. Greitens and Kehoe are both Republicans.

Mr Greitens admitted last month he had a relationship with his hairdresser.

"With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken", Greitens said.

Greitens appeared to have weathered the initial furor caused by CNN affiliate KMOV's first report of the affair and the allegations in January.

Unlike many states, Missouri's General Assembly does not need to await the outcome of the indictment before efforts to remove Greitens from his office as the state's chief executive.

A spokeswoman for the National Governors Association tells The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Greitens has informed the organization he won't be attending the group's weekend meeting in Washington.

A lawyer for the unnamed man also alleges his then wife was slapped by Mr Greitens during a 2015 encounter in hospital as Mr Greitens' own wife was giving birth. He also has repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether he took a photo.

He was released on a personal recognizance bond Thursday that permits him to travel freely throughout the U.S. The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime. Gardner is a Democrat.

Despite the Governor's personal attacks, the Circuit Attorney believes the courtroom is the appropriate place to argue the facts, not the media.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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