Indicted Missouri governor to skip DC meeting

MO Gov. Greitens steps down from RGA position

Executive Director Sam Cooper suggested in a statement Friday morning that hundreds of thousands of dollars received by circuit attorney Kim Gardner from "George Soros groups" was her motivation for the indictment.

In a statement, Greitens denied committing any crime and instead called the situation "a personal mistake" from his time prior to taking office, reports CNN.

In Missouri, invasion of privacy can include capturing the image of another person without their consent. Another Republican, Sen. Rob Schaaf - who has long feuded with Greitens - tweeted on January 10, when Greitens first admitted to the affair: "Stick a fork in him".

Greitens, as a refresher, is alleged to have slapped Gardner after love making and blackmailed her by threatening to release a nude photo if she went public with the affair, with the latter acting as the impetus for his arrest.

In addition, Missouri lawmakers in both parties offered criticism for the governor.

Wrenn says the indictment feels to him like a setup by Greitens' political enemies. "With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken", Greitens said. I know what happens, what the results of that are.

"In the wake of the grand jury criminal indictment, and with legal proceedings to come, I cannot see how he could effectively perform the duties of his office, let alone to lead with the kind of moral authority needed to make a positive impact", said Rep. Kevin Corlew, a Kansas City Republican.

Greitens' attorney, Edward Dowd, also expressed support for handling the matter through a special committee.

"The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. Eric is absolutely innocent of these charges". GOP lawmakers standing behind the governor, meantime, say the indictment is a political hit job. "They refused", Dowd said.

While the governor had denied the blackmail allegations, he has never given a "yes" or "no" on the question of whether he photographed the woman.

Despite that, members of Greitens own party question his ability to lead, as others, mostly Democrats, are calling for the governor to resign. The woman, Greitens' hairdresser at the time, said she had initially approached him for a coffee date, but that he insisted on her coming to his home, at which point the two engaged in a consensual sexual encounter.

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The News-Leader has determined the identities of the woman and her ex-husband but has not named them. On the tape, the woman said Greitens photographed her blindfolded and with her hands bound and said he would publicize the photo if she ever spoke about their relationship.

According to the AP she Governor stepped down from his leadership position with the Republican Governors Association Friday, Feb. 23.

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.

Greitens is due back in court on March 16. She said it "will be extremely hard for him to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head".

Watkins said his client's sole concern is for his children. "For nearly two years, he was trying to actively suppress the story for the benefit of protecting his kids and the image of their mother in their eyes".

That's not yet clear, though the woman's ex-husband was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.

Greitens could not be immediately reached for comment.

The process to impeach Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens could begin as soon as Monday at the state Capitol.

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty told the AP on Thursday that Greitens should consider resigning. She is a Democrat.

Gardner is a former Democratic lawmaker who served in the House of Representatives. As part of his campaign, Greitens touted family values.

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