Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
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Missouri Gov. Greitens claims prosecutor hid evidence until after 'sexy workout' allegations

Missouri Gov. Greitens claims prosecutor hid evidence until after 'sexy workout' allegations

A woman who had an extramarital affair with the governor of the USA state of Missouri claimed he "coerced", threatened, and struck her, according to an explosive report released Wednesday.

"I think it's the accumulation of issues in the majority party - Republicans in the General Assembly - have with him will nearly make it impossible for him to continue", he said. "They are false", Greitens said in his statement.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a court filing later Thursday that she supplied the video once her office determined it could be accessed.

Missouri state Senators are in wide agreement across party lines that they want to see Republican Governor Eric Greitens leave office, but they differ on the means to try to achieve that goal.

Meanwhile, the senators are unmoved by proceedings in a St. Louis criminal court case where Greitens' defense team claims to now have video testimony in which the woman he was involved with portrays a much less menacing series of meetings with him than does her testimony before the House committee.

Sen. Denny Hoskins, R - Warrensburg, also released a statement Thursday, but stopped short of calling for the governor to resign. Both had previously called on the governor to consider resigning after Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. "Violence against women is never acceptable". We found news reports show the woman did make this statement in a deposition, but the Sentinel omitted a complete explanation about the woman's testimony. "This is a political witch hunt", he claimed Wednesday.

"Over three years ago, I made a personal mistake", the governor said at a news conference.

Greitens, 44, ran on a pledge to clean up corruption while touting his golden resume.

Eric Greitens, an author, photographer and former Navy SEAL, speaks to the corps of cadets at the 22nd Annual Ethics Forum Friday, March 25, 2011, in Leamy Auditorium at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. In the history of the state of Missouri, no governor has ever been impeached. "Everyday that goes by is more cost to the state".

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.

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.

"This has nothing to do with politics; it's about sending a message to all women that sexual abuse won't be tolerated, that victims will be believed, and that the era of impunity is over", said Wendy Doyle, president and chief executive of the Kansas City-based Women's Foundation.

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson says the investigative committee will not finish its investigation into Greitens before the end of the legislative session.

"I think that if every legislator said for him to stand down and resign, I still don't think that he would", said Schaaf. It's also expected to release a second report focused on potential campaign finance violations involving Greitens' use of a charity donor list to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign. The committee report - which detailed allegations of behavior that was at times abusive and coercive - could be a precursor to impeachment and was separate from the criminal case.

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