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Greitens Faces Criminal Investigation In Alleged Blackmail Affair

Greitens Faces Criminal Investigation In Alleged Blackmail Affair

Only hours after he delivered the state of the state address to Missouri's legislature, a local St. Louis television station reported that the rising political star had an extra-marital affair in 2015. The report also featured a tape recording in which a woman claimed that Greitens took a compromising photo of her to keep the affair secret, something Greitens' attorney strongly denies.

A pro-Greitens group, A New Missouri, has also run ads targeting specific Republican lawmakers. This goes a long way to explaining what is going on - this is a political hit piece. Gov. Peter Kinder in several debates for Kinder's acquaintance with a former stripper.

Bennett, Greitens' lawyer, said in his statement that there was nothing about the relationship that "has generated or should generate law enforcement interest".

"He owes nothing to the party, nothing to the institution and has no reason not to take this to the end and fight it", Barklage said. At least one Republican state senator says that if the allegations are true, Greitens should either resign or be impeached.

Their efforts came as St. Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner announced a formal investigation into the matter, potentially extending the life of the controversy. Gary Romine, a Republican. Even Republican legislative leaders who worked well with Greitens in the past, such as Sen.

Bennett told the paper that Greitens is considering filing a lawsuit in response to the claims, and that the governor will not use taxpayer dollars to assemble his legal team. "We want transparency. We want to know exactly what happened". We thought it would only be worthy of reporting if the woman wanted to tell her story.

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Republican political consultants say that for Greitens to survive politically, the facts must remain as he initially said - that he had an affair but nothing more. He pointed to how Greitens constantly picked fights with Republican lawmakers who he needs to pass his agenda. "When you don't have a lot of friends, people will just be silent", Barklage said. There are people who are ready to see him go today. "Due to the serious nature of these accusations, I believe Eric Greitens can not effectively function as governor and I strongly urge him to resign".

When Eric Greitens sought Missouri's highest office, his resume seemed hard to top: former Navy SEAL, former Rhodes scholar and founder of a veterans' charity. In these matters, when you're dealing with a crisis situation, you need to get a statement out there that will withstand the test of time.

Greitens and his wife, in a statement late Wednesday, acknowledged that the governor was "unfaithful" in his marriage before he was elected, but he denied taking any naked photos and threatening the woman to stay quiet. National publications are already speculating that the news could damage Greitens' ambitions to be a presidential or vice presidential candidate. Privately, Greitens sought to assure the political community of the same.

If Greitens steps down, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson would serve as governor for roughly three years.

All this came tumbling out on what was supposed to be a banner evening for Greitens.

Eric Greitens was not seen or heard from Thursday following his shock admission of an extramarital affair, as allegations of blackmail - which he has vehemently denied - and other misconduct continued to swirl. Parson also advocated for undoing Greitens' cuts to in-home health care for elderly and low-income residents. In the post on Greitens Facebook page, he said "This is and remains an nearly three-year-old private matter with no matter of public interest at stake".

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