Pressure grows for Missouri Governor Greitens to step down

Top GOP lawmaker calls for Greitens’ resignation
Top GOP lawmaker calls for Greitens’ resignation
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16 April, 2018

It is the effect of his own reckless actions in the alleged violent sexual abuse of his former hairdresser.

Mr. Trump has thus far survived. As attorney general, he is pursuing legal action against Greitens for potential campaign-law violations.

Regardless of whether Greitens might ever face additional criminal charges stemming from the affair, he does face political fallout, including mounting pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to resign.

On Thursday, he specifically denied allegations of physical abuse that the woman presented under oath to the House committee and detailed in the panel's report, including her accounts of being slapped and coerced into sexual acts by Greitens.

"The governor has lost the moral authority and the ability to lead the state going forward", said Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe in a statement.

"I think that would be in the best interest of our state and our legislature agenda", said Corlew.

Other Republicans calling for Greitens' resignation include Joplin businessman and megadonor David Humphreys - who gave Greitens almost $1.3 million - and Attorney General Josh Hawley, a top challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen.

A complaint against Greitens pending with the commission accuses his campaign of falsely reporting how it gained access to a list of donors in 2015 from a charity Greitens co-founded.

Republican Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, an outspoken critic of the governor, has taken a different tact to try and nudge Greitens from his seat.

It's up to those closest to him to bring Greitens back to reality, including the defense team in his St. Louis criminal trial, his top aides, and especially his wife, who is enduring unfathomable humiliation.

Greitens has been criminally charged with invasion of privacy and scheduled to stand trial in May. "It's a set of circumstances that you'd be hard pressed to find anything really like it in recent modern American history". This is inconsistent with her statements in the video interview with the Circuit Attorney.

Attorneys for embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens claimed Thursday that the prosecutor in his felony invasion-of-privacy trial concealed evidence until after the release of a legislative committee report that led to calls for the Republican to step down.

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The report released Wednesday reflects the thorough examination each committee member took in determining the validity of the facts of Governor Greitens' conduct.

Asked about the latest developments during a Thursday afternoon bill signing in his Capitol office, Rauner said he was "deeply troubled" by the inquiry's findings.

The woman's attorney, Scott Simpson, declined to comment on the video, citing a gag order in the criminal case.

Greitens has said he'll continue to serve and that allegations of violence or sexual assault are false.

Although the House adjourned for the week a day early after the report's release, the Senate was in session Thursday where its office holders lined up to offer their own options for dealing with what they perceive to be a defiant governor.

To drive home the point, Greitens added: "This is exactly like what's happening with the witch hunts in Washington, D.C".

Asked if he agreed with those calls, Rauner said, "I agree with them".

Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff praised the bipartisan House committee, which is made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.

Greitens is a former Rhodes Scholar, Navy SEAL officer, author and motivational speaker who ran for office on a pledge to clean up corruption. For me, I relied upon the lessons I learned in my 28 years as a Missouri state trooper in my inquiries and in my consideration of the truth.

Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

Morris noted that the "witch hunt" metaphor dates to the 17th century, when numerous likely innocent people were accused by other residents of British colonies in the Americas of practicing witchcraft. She said Greitens then grabbed her in a hug and laid her down.


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