Gov. Greitens calls investigation 'witch-hunt,' says trial will prove innocence

Posted April 12, 2018

Democrats on the legislative committee investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens blasted the governor's criticism of the recently released report detailing alleged wrongdoing.

However, Missouri's Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson dismissed the idea that the investigation was driven by partisanship, saying the committee had "no political agenda" and that the invitation for Greitens to testify "remains open".

Greitens admitted the affair but denied the blackmail allegations.

Just minutes before the report was released, Greitens called reporters to a news conference, where he took a hit at the pending report and the lawmakers who put it together.

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After months of not seeing Greitens at the salon, the woman testified that he came in for an appointment in March 2015, after she had just separated from her husband.

The world is exploding around Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. He went on to call the report "one-sided tabloid, trash gossip that was produced in a secret room". Requested by the committee whether or not or not the oral intercourse was coerced, she responded: "Coerced, probably".

The woman also told lawmakers Greitens slapped her when she told him she had slept with her husband. Greitens said he would show her "how to do a proper pullup".

With so much swirling around Greitens personally, Republican legislative leaders have issued assurances that they will continue with business as usual despite potential turmoil in the governor's office.

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It "actually harm, and I do know that I actually was really scared and sad when that occurred", she talked about.

The panel launched its investigation shortly after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. Prosecutors beforehand acknowledged that they didn't have the , though they is likely to be attempting to amass it. She said she felt coerced into oral sex, and agreed with the statement that she "didn't feel necessarily able to leave without performing oral sex" and feared for her "physical self".

The woman testified that during their last sexual encounter, on a morning a little later, Greitens "kind of smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground". "And I thought about you, though, and I felt bad, so I erased it'".

He also referenced a comment the woman made during a lengthy deposition in his criminal case when she was asked if she saw what she believed to be a phone. In a statement, her legal team reiterated that the governor admitted to her "on multiple occasions" that he took the nonconsensual photo and threatened to release it.

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Many Democratic lawmakers and a handful of Republicans have for weeks called for the governor to step down, calling the dual investigations from the House and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner a distraction from the state government's work.