Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Missouri Republicans Launch Investigation Into Embattled Governor

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner
Nellie Chapman | 02 March, 2018, 11:13

Twelve House Republicans in Missouri have joined the ranks of lawmakers by calling on Governor Eric Greitens to resign.

The once rising political star, has found himself facing felony charges for invasion of privacy as Greitens was indicted last week for allegedly threatening to release a nude photograph of his former mistress.

Greitens, in a statement Thursday, said the indictment by a St. Louis grand jury was politically motivated. "As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor".

St. Louis prosecutors say the ongoing investigation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens could include matters beyond the allegation of invasion of privacy involving a woman with whom he had an affair. "I did not commit a crime", Greitens added.

Several lawmakers are concerned that this case is causing a major distraction for the workflow in the state legislature as well as the Governor's responsibilities.

Committee Chairman Jay Barnes filed a resolution Tuesday that would set parameters for the seven-member committee announced a day earlier. He's accused of taking a partially nude photo of the woman without her consent and transmitting it to a computer.

Taylor's LinkedIn profile says she was a vice president at the Greitens Group and had previously worked for the Mission Continues. Greitens will be in court March 16th for his first hearing. Dowd said the photo was "a publicly posted professional headshot" - not the compromising photo the indictment alleges Greitens took. They would decide whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment to the full house.

Greitens has acknowledged having an affair hasn't directly answered questions about whether took a photo.