Missouri GOP: Indictment is 'political hit job'

Aaron Brown
February 25, 2018

He also called St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner a "reckless liberal prosecutor".

The Missouri GOP's criticism of the indictment stands in stark contrast to the dozens of GOP lawmakers now calling for Greitens to resign. Spokeswoman Susan Ryan said Gardner is relying on facts and will not be playing "political games".

Seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, Greitens recently has been on defense. He had confronted her about the affair in 2015.

The indictment — handed down by a grand jury and stemming from an investigation launched by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner — alleges that Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent and transmitted the image to a computer.

However, as of now, the governor says he has no intention of handing over his resignation.

Greitens, 43, was taken into custody after his court hearing for taking a photo of a person who was nude, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Online court documents indicate that Greitens was arrested by St. Louis police and released on his own recognizance. The alleged events occurred before he was governor. And earlier this week, while debating a bill that would outlaw "revenge porn", Republicans overwhelming supported amending the bill to make it a felony to threaten someone with releasing a sexually explicit photo. "We've been tracking the rain and flooding throughout the week and we are in close coordination with the Governor, state and local agencies and response partners to ensure we are prepared to respond to this flooding". Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis said.

Before they left town they had talked to roughly two dozen legislators, including House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Poplar Bluff Republican, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican.

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The process to impeach Greitens could now be moving forward as soon as Monday, as a vote could be held in the Missouri House to decide whether or not an investigation into the charges is necessary.

Albert S. Watkins and the law firm of Kodner Watkins, LC represent the former husband of the woman with whom Governor Greitens has admitted having an affair.

The statute of limitations for invasion of privacy in Missouri is three years, which means it was due to expire in less than a month. The group said Greitens also "no longer intends to serve" on its executive committee. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers. "We have a Senate seat that's up that's a very important seat to the party nationally".

He did, however, today step down from a leadership role in the Republican Governors Association.

"The legislature needs to be extremely careful to avoid doing anything that might interfere with the criminal investigation", Beatty said. The group can take an unlimited amount of money from donors and it does not have to reveal who is contributing.

A City of St. Louis Grand Jury indicted the governor on Thursday, February 22.

"We don't want this thing to be turned into a political witch hunt". Walker, the Republican lawmaker.

"I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action. And if you get a felony indictment against you, that's pretty serious".

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