'A Lot of People Wouldn't Mind Dumping Him': Missouri Governor Indicted


Several lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have called for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' resignation from his post after he was briefly taken into custody Thursday, following indictment on a felony invasion of privacy charge.

Soon after the affair began, the woman's husband secretly recorded a conversation in which she said Mr Greitens took the compromising photo at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

Greitens' legal team immediately filed a motion to dismiss the indictment on the grounds that any relationship with the woman was consensual.

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor", Greitens said in a statement Thursday posted on Facebook.

"Under Missouri law, the Grand Jury has found probable cause to believe that Governor Greitens violated Missouri State Statute 565.252, which was in place at the time of the violation", Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement. "This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened".

Greitens, on the other hand, denied the allegations brought against him.

The indictment says Greitens "knowingly photographed K.S [sic] in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent of K.S. and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer" on March 21, 2015. 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.

He says the party looks forward to an investigation being done by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers.

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd, released a statement saying: "In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this".

As Jason Rosenbaum of St. Louis Public Radio told me last month of Greitens: "He doesn't have the robust support among elected political leaders to get a lot of backup right now".

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Greitens has repeatedly denied the blackmail allegations.

But when asked if she thinks Greitens should resign, she said, "I think if I were in the governor's position, I would resign for the good of the state". "I don't know how many people will follow his lead, and that is a serious problem for a governor trying to accomplish things", Robertson said.

Numerous moms, dads and singles said they were shocked to hear about Eric Greitens' indictment.

Greitens' attorney, in a separate statement, called the indictment "baseless and unfounded".

A few lawmakers from both parties suggested that Mr Greitens should consider resigning, just as they did after he admitted to the affair on 10 January. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis said.

With a Republican majority in the Senate, it has been unlikely that there would be enough support to remove a Republican governor, at least until a felony indictment.

The penalty for first-degree invasion of privacy in Missouri is up to four years in prison. He is due in court for his first hearing on March 16, before Circuit Judge Rex Burlison.

A former boxer and martial arts expert, he has embraced the role of maverick. His use of a secretive app that deletes messages is under investigation by Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Mr Greitens' charity, The Mission Continues, faced scrutiny during the campaign when Democrats accused him of insider politics for accessing the donor list to raise about $2 million through its top contributors.