Missouri Governor Booted From GOP Association Board

More lawmakers want Missouri governor to leave	 	 	 			Mugshot of Gov. Eric Greitens

"Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a liar and alleged criminal, " Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis said.

State Reps. Kevin Corlew of Kansas City, Kevin Engler of Farmington and Becky Ruth of Festus all said on Friday that Greitens should resign.

However, after news of the affair went public last month, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner opened an investigation into the case.

Greitens was indicted on Thursday for allegedly threatening to release nude photos of a former mistress if she ever talked publicly about their affair.

LIPPMANN: Attorneys for Greitens have already filed a motion to dismiss the case.

The charges further allege the photograph was taken in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy and the defendant transmitted the image in a manner that allowed access through a computer. The report included details of a recording of a woman saying Greitens had tried to blackmail her to keep quiet about their sexual encounter. 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".

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor". He then allegedly told her "You're never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere".

Greitens, a married father of two young boys, has repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman.

Said Greitens and his wife Sheena in the statement: "A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage". But the data lists only one in St. Louis city - apparently Greitens' case. Sheldon Adelson, described sometimes as the George Soros of the right, gave $200,000 to the Greitens' gubernatorial campaign, and Greitens also received millions of dollars in support for his GOP primary campaign from super PACs that effectively hide the names of those who donate. Questions surround his appointments to the state board of education, the use of a secretive texting app and who's donating to the nonprofit, run by former campaign staffers, that advocates for his agenda.

Hawley, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, said on Friday: "A felony indictment by a grand jury is a serious matter".

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for Gardner, fired back at Greitens.

"These personal attacks, while disappointing, will not distract her from her duty to serve justice and the citizens of this community".

She said she spent a good portion of her day thinking about the request, but ultimately did not meet with prosecutors because "by the time I hit St. Louis County, the governor had been arrested". "In my long political career, I have found it best to reserve my comments until all of the facts have been revealed, and I will wait to see what the Missouri House discovers during their investigation".

Under Missouri state law, the impeachment process of the governor begins in the Missouri House of Representatives.

That resolution is then referred to a committee, which will investigate and decide whether to bring articles of impeachment to the full House.

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