Graphic testimony of sexual relationship deepens crisis for Missouri governor

Clay Curtis
April 13, 2018

Greitens' attorneys on Thursday accused Gardner of misconduct for withholding a videotaped interview of a woman with whom Greitens had an affair in 2015.

David Humphreys is an executive at TAMKO Building Products in Joplin. But reaction from fellow Republicans indicates Greitens may have a more hard time - in part, because allegations about Trump's behavior were known before his election, whereas Greitens had cultivated a campaign persona of an all-American hero.

"The House Investigative Committee's Report contains shocking, substantial and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens", AG Hawley said. The report, released in Jefferson City, presented new allegations that Greitens struck the woman during their sexual encounters. "He is not in the position that he can lead the state of Missouri at a critical time in our state's history", she said Thursday, reiterating her call from a day earlier for Greitens to leave office.

The woman testified to the House committee that her husband had said: "I'm going to ruin this guy".

Hawley is seeking Democratic U.S. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis first floated the idea of stopping future votes. Kehoe said Greitens has lost his "moral authority". "I don't want him leading this state", said Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh.

Other prominent Republicans in the state expressed their concern for the details revealed in the report but stopped short of calling for his resignation.

"If the governor remains the governor up until Election Day, I think he'll have a genuine impact on the election", said John Hancock, a former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.

A House investigatory report released Wednesday includes testimony from a woman who said Greitens slapped, grabbed and shoved her during a 2015 extramarital affair they had before his election. She also said she felt "coerced, maybe" to perform oral sex on him once.

Speaker Richardson says the report is anything but a witch hunt.

Cookson says he believes the House is moving towards impeachment, but it may involve a special session later this year.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a court filing later Thursday that she supplied the video once her office determined it could be accessed.

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"This woman is not a victim", Greitens' attorney Jim Martin said.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison made no immediate ruling on the request to dismiss the case. She also said he threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about their interaction.

Eric Greitens is pictured weeks, in January until he was indicted on felony invasion-of-privacy Fees.

NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri also is calling for Greitens to step down. Calls are growing for him to resign.

The House committee report said it doesn't possess any physical or electronic evidence of the photo.

He added that "the longer this drags on, the longer Eric Greitens stays governor, the extra severe for everybody throughout the Republican Event".

"This is a political witch hunt", Greitens told reporters Wednesday, invoking one of President Donald Trump's favored criticisms of unwanted investigations. A legislative panel is considering whether to recommend impeachment.

In addition to the legislative investigation and the criminal case, Hawley is investigating The Mission Continues, the veterans charity founded by Greitens, as it relates to the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

And GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler said in a Facebook post: "The report issued today concerning Governor Greitens and his behavior surpasses disturbing".

Greitens claims the relationship was consensual.

"I was definitely fearful", the woman testified to the legislative committee. The upper chamber would then choose seven judges to try the case with five required to remove Greitens from office.

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