Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens cancels plans to attend governors meeting after indictment
Feb 24 2018
Eric Greitens, under felony indictment, has resigned his position on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. But a growing number of GOP lawmakers on Friday were questioning whether Greitens can continue to effectively lead while facing the indictment.
On Thursday, a St. Louis City Grand Jury indicted Greitens for a felony invasion of privacy charge. Greitens previously admitted to the affair and has repeatedly denied the allegation that he tied her up and photographed her while she was blindfolded and partially nude.
"No appellate case law exists approving criminal convictions where individuals involved were jointly participating in sexual activity", Dowd wrote in the motion, which was obtained by the Associated Press.
The 43-year-old Greitens was a one-time prospect to run for Congress as a Democrat but switched to the GOP to run in its 2016 primary to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. These personal attacks, while disappointing, will not distract her from her duty to serve justice and the citizens of this community. The sentence for felony invasion of privacy is up to four years in prison. The facts and the Grand Jury's decision to indict, speak for themselves. Greitens won the governor's race with 51 percent of the vote.
A House investigation could be the first step in that, but the statement didn't specifically mention impeachment.
Regardless of the merit of the indictment, local lawmakers seem to agree that the process has been distracting and disruptive of business in Jefferson City, with some recommending the governor's resignation before impeachment becomes necessary.
The only statewide Missouri official to be convicted, impeached and ousted from office was Democratic Secretary of State Judy Moriarty in 1994. Speaking with The New York Times' Jonathan Martin, he added, "If he doesn't resign, the state House...should move swiftly to bring this to a resolution".
The prosecutor pursing the case against Greitens was once a Missouri House member herself, serving two terms starting in 2012. The recording was released to media outlets by the ex-husband's attorney, who says his client is not politically motivated.
Greitens was taken into custody Thursday in St. Louis and released on his own recognizance. Her election can be seen in the context of efforts across the country to elect progressive prosecuting attorneys.
Soros has donated millions to Democratic campaigns and other liberal causes, and is a frequent target of right-wing criticism.
The AP reported that Democratic Sen. The document also states that Greitens allegedly "transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer".
The woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took a compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair. She said on the tape that Greitens invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up".
In January, the governor and his wife, Sheena, issued a statement acknowledging that he'd been "unfaithful" in his marriage, but denying allegations that he blackmailed the woman so that she would stay quiet. He has declined to say whether he took a photo. This movement is based on a deep sense, which we share, that we must rethink and reshape criminal prosecution, because what we have been doing - certainly in St. Louis - has not been reducing crime. He emerged as the victor in a crowded and expensive GOP primary.