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Greitens declares state of emergency for southern Missouri

26 February, 2018, 03:10 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Senator calls on Missouri House speaker to begin impeachment process of Greitens

Spokeswoman Susan Ryan on Friday issued a statement in response Greitens' claim that his indictment on one felony count of invasion of privacy was politically motivated.

The Missouri Republican Party has announced their support for Greitens, saying this is nothing more than a political hit job. The governor allegedly took a photo of his former mistress partially nude and threatened to make the picture public if she exposed their relationship. "Eric is absolutely innocent of these charges and we will be filing a motion to dismiss", said Edward Dowd Jr., Greitens' Attorney. His use of a secretive app that deletes messages is under investigation by Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley. Both men are Republicans.

Greitens' attorney called the indictment "baseless and unfounded". In a sign of Mr Greitens' desperation to hold on to his job, the governor's lawyers contacted the circuit attorney to arrange a secret meeting next week to share the "human" side of the story.

The party's executive director, Sam Cooper, says the invasion of privacy law Greitens is accused of violating has never been prosecuted in this way in the past.

But Democratic Rep. Alan Green of St. Louis County, chairman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, defended Gardner, nothing that it was an independent grand jury that "found probable cause to indict the governor". The alleged events occurred before he was governor.

Gardner, 42, defeated three other Democrats in the August primary, aided by $200,000 in late donations from a national super PAC partly funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.

The second-highest ranking member of the Missouri Senate is questioning whether Gov. Eric Greitens can effectively keep leading the state following his indictment on a felony charge.

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor".

Mr Greitens is scheduled to appear in court on March 16th.

They are right. The governor is a liability - to his party and to his state. An investigation is a necessary first step before an impeachment proceeding but does not necessarily lead to one.

Missouri's KMOV TV station published a report in January where a man said his now-former wife had an affair with Greitens in 2015. Greitens has admitted to the affair but says no crime was committed. The usually photogenic Republican governor of Missouri looks drawn, his jaw grimly set.

Several Republican lawmakers, such as Nate Walker, who was an early supporter of Mr Greitens, have called for his resignation.

"It will be extremely hard for the governor to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head", she said. He taped the conversation with her without her knowledge and later provided the audio to news outlets.

Greitens has admitted to having an affair.

"He was going to do things that literally no other governor had done", McCaskill said, as reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Greitens was taken into custody in St. Louis and released on his own recognizance. The indictment said Greitens "transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer".

Gardner, who grew up in St. Louis and earned a law degree from St. Louis University, chose to run for the job leading an office of about 60 prosecutors when Joyce opted not to seek a fifth term in 2016. Nor did it take long for Republicans to link the prosecutor who announced the charges to a prominent national Democratic financier.


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