Missouri GOP Governor Gets Felony Indictment Over Nude Photo of Mistress

Governor accused of blackmailing mistress rips ‘reckless liberal prosecutor

In a freakish bit of narrative jiu jitsu, the party somehow has laid the blame at the feet of billionaire, and bogeyman to the alt-right, George Soros.

Now, the fact that Greitens is the only sitting governor in Missouri history to be indicted has led some of the people who voted for him - he got 51 percent of the vote in 2016 - to question their decision.

Paul Bennecke, the group's executive director, made the announcement Friday.

"Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job", Cooper said. He responded to a Democratic attack ad with one of his own in which he fired more than 100 rounds from a machine gun as an announcer declared he'd bring out "the big guns" to fight Democratic policies championed by then-President Barack Obama.

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.

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

Lawyers have allegedly turned over hours of compromising audio on Greitens to authorities, prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open an inquiry into the Missouri governor.

Missouri Senate Democrat Gina Walsh says she is thinking about the women and families whose lives have been changed because of the actions of Gov. Eric Greitens, who was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge.

Rep. Kevin Engler said some Republican lawmakers are now circulating a letter asking Greitens to step down. "We look forward to a bipartisan committee of legislators elected by people across Missouri to find out what's really going on - ensuring St. Louis liberals aren't controlling the future of our state".

"As a former speaker myself, I understand an investigation conducted by the Missouri House of Representatives is necessary under these serious circumstances", Richard said.

Greitens was arraigned Thursday and later released on his own recognizance. If the indictment stands, the first court hearing is scheduled for March 16. The indictment says Greitens took a picture of someone in "full or partial nudity" without that person's knowledge or consent, and that he transmitted the image "in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer".

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., says Greitens was willing to meet with Gardner but she declined the offer.

Greitens was arrested, booked and released on his felony charge on Thursday.

While several state lawmakers are calling for Greitens to resign, or are eager for an investigation that could lead to his impeachment, there's a chance this will play out in November's midterm elections, when Missouri voters will have a chance to weigh in on the state of the Republican Party.

She said Greitens "taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me", took a photo of her partially nude, and then warned her to remain silent.

"Any effort to apply (this law) to a situation between two people engaged in consensual sexual activity would be unprecedented, improper, and permit the criminalization of routine activity between consenting adults", Bennett continued.

State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, says there is a difference between the court of public opinion and a court of law.

Greitens' campaign for governor had access to the donor list for The Mission Continues, a veterans' charity he founded, and raised $2 million from individuals and entities that had given the charity significant contributions.

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