MO Gov. Greitens steps down from RGA position

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy.

In a freakish bit of narrative jiu jitsu, the party somehow has laid the blame at the feet of billionaire, and bogeyman to the alt-right, George Soros.

"Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups", the party chief said in a statement.

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

The party's decision to link the investigation to Soros, a popular target of the right, was foreshadowed by a Twitter exchange Wednesday between veteran GOP strategist Jeff Roe and Jane Dueker, who served as chief of staff for former Democratic Gov.

In 2015, the woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took the compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

He did, however, today step down from a leadership role in the Republican Governors Association.

Cooper's comments echo a Facebook post Thursday night by Greitens in which he called Gardner "a reckless liberal prosecutor".

On Friday, the Republican Governors Association announced Greitens would step down from the group's executive committee, and Greitens canceled his plans to attend the group's weekend meeting in Washington, D.C.

Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced a grand jury had indicted the 43-year-old on a felony invasion of privacy charge, which carries a possible punishment of four years in prison.

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That statement, University of Central Missouri political science professor Robynn Kuhlmann says, was a tactical move.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, from Jefferson City, issued a powerful statement asking "whether the governor has the ability to effectively lead the state going forward".

"I don't think his tax bill is going to go anywhere, " she said, referring to the governor's proposed tax-cut proposal.

A hearing in Greitens' case is scheduled for mid-March in St. Louis, and meanwhile, Greitens has been released on his own recognizance, according to court documents.

State Sen. Rob Schaaf also demanded the governor resign his post on Thursday, telling FOX2 reporter Molly Rose that "Missouri's name is being tarnished across the nation".

The indictment alleges that Greitens "knowingly photographed (the woman) in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent of (the woman) and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer".

Greitens' attorney, Edward Dowd, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges, claiming that the woman was aware that Greitens was taking the photo, and that it was part of a consensual relationship.

Top Democratic lawmakers and a handful of Republicans in the Missouri legislature called publicly for the governor to resign or be impeached. The people of Missouri deserve no less. Louis TV station reported Greitens allegedly blackmailed his hairdresser after an affair in 2015.

State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, says there is a difference between the court of public opinion and a court of law.

She said Greitens "taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me", took a photo of her partially nude, and then warned her to remain silent. He accused the Democratic prosecutor of playing politics.

  • Megan Austin