Missouri GOP attacks prosecutor, linking Greitens indictment to NY billionaire

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Missouri Governor and Tort Reform Advocate Eric Greitens Charged with Blackmailing Mistress Over Nude Photographs
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24 February, 2018

He's accused of taking a photograph of a woman in a state of full or partial nudity without her consent.

Greitens' attorney, Edward Dowd, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges, claiming that the woman was aware that Greitens was taking the photo, and that it was part of a consensual relationship.

A message left for Greitens' press office was not immediately returned, and a spokeswoman for his attorneys said they had no comment. "Without additional facts and information from the Governor, the meeting was not necessary", Ryan said.

"Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job", Cooper said.

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.

Wrenn says he hasn't seen what he needs to see to know whether the governor is guilty.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday.

The Missouri House is launching an investigation into allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used a naked picture to threaten blackmail against a woman with whom he carried out a 2015 affair.

Last month, Greitens admitted to having the extramarital affair but denied accusations that he blackmailed his mistress with revenge porn.

Billionaire and Democratic supporter George Soros has been touted as one of the most successful investors in the world. The donations occurred in her 2016 campaign. I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action. The second-highest ranking senator, Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, stopped short of urging resignation but questioned whether Greitens could still effectively lead the state.

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Greitens, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, was once considered a rising star in Republican politics, and is now feeling heat from his own party.

Rep. Nate Walker is among the growing list of Republicans asking Greitens to resign. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat from St. Louis. "If they exist, they were taken without my knowledge, they were taken without my permission and they were taken without my consent".

Sen. Gary Romine, a Republican from Farmington, has clashed with the governor on a number of issues, including Greitens' move previous year to have a reconfigured state Board of Education fire Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

One bone Greitens' defense team has to pick with the indictment is the notion that the woman "would have a reasonable expectation of privacy" while allegedly bound to exercise equipment in the basement of Greitens' home, which she told her ex-husband she entered on her own volition.

While Dowd is working on Greitens' behalf, his law firm has hired Clout Public Affairs as a consultant.

House Speaker Todd Richardson issued a statement Thursday with other House leaders saying they "will carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward".

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks during an interview in his office at the Missouri Capitol Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Republican Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia said on Twitter that he was "disgusted to learn" a grand jury found sufficient evidence to indict the Republican governor on a charge of felony invasion of privacy.

Burlison allowed Greitens' release on a personal recognizance bond that permits him to travel freely throughout the United States.


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