Missouri governor scorns indictment, denounces prosecutor

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The Missouri GOP's criticism of the indictment stands in stark contrast to the dozens of GOP lawmakers now calling for Greitens to resign. He has admitted to the affair but denied criminal wrongdoing.

Greitens is represented by the Dowd Bennett law firm, which has filed a motion to dismiss the indictment on the day it was released.

Greitens was booked at the St. Louis Justice Center, officials confirmed in a statement to the Post-Dispatch.

The governor has called Gardner a "reckless liberal prosecutor" out to "score political points" by pursuing the case. We all know where it could lead eventually, and that's going to be something that the House would deal with, because the House handles impeachment procedures. The governor is "absolutely innocent", he said Thursday. Louis TV station reported Greitens allegedly blackmailed his hairdresser after an affair in 2015. However, Greitens maintains that there has been no crime, just a lapse in judgment in his personal life.

In an audio recording between the ex-husband and his wife at the time, the wife reportedly said that her sexual encounter with Greitens was consensual and that Greitens later apologized and told her he had deleted the compromising photo.

A message left for Greitens' press office was not immediately returned, and a spokeswoman for his attorneys said they had no comment. This law has never been prosecuted in this way and it is safe to say if Eric Greitens wasn't governor, it wouldn't have been this time either.

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

Dowd then attacked Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a Democrat, whose office presented evidence to the grand jury. "I did not commit a crime", his statement read. Greitens and Kehoe are both Republicans.

Greitens in a Thursday statement said the indictment on felony invasion of privacy charges won't stop him from serving.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri has been indicted on felony invasion-of-privacy charges.

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"Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups", the statement read.

Greitens has repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman.

"We 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", Richardson said.

Rep. Kevin Engler of Farmington confirmed to 41 Action News that a list is circulating of Republican lawmakers who agree Greitens should resign.

The facts and the Grand Jury's decision to indict, speak for themselves.

Rowden says Greitens should step down for the "sake of our state".

Andrews, a Republican from Grant City, believes that whether or not Greitens is found guilty of the felony indictment, he has "broken the confidence of the people". One of the key drivers was the surprise election of Eric Greitens as Governor in 2016. He canceled plans to be in Washington this weekend for the National Governors Association annual meeting, and the Republican Governors Association said Greitens "no longer intends to serve" on its executive committee. The events are alleged to have occurred in March 2015.

Greitens has admitted to having an affair.

Representative Mike Henderson, R-Bonne Terre, said rather than acting rashly, he recommends allowing the process to be worked out and more information to be made available. Gardner came to politics after serving as a prosecutor in the circuit attorney's office under her predecessor, Jennifer Joyce, from 2005 to 2010.

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

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