Missouri GOP suggests George Soros is behind indictment of governor

Missouri Governor and Tort Reform Advocate Eric Greitens Charged with Blackmailing Mistress Over Nude Photographs

MO Gov. Greitens steps down from RGA position

Among those calling for Greitens' resignation is Republican Sen.

In a statement released Thursday after Greitens was indicted, Walsh, the interim Senate Minority Leader, did not say whether she thought the governor should resign.

The members charged he violated the privacy of a woman he had an affair with by taking a nude or partially nude photo of her without her permission. He has admitted to the affair but denied criminal wrongdoing. "This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri", Greitens stated.

The motion says any activity Greitens engaged in was "consensual".

But governing hasn't always been easy, even though Republicans now control both houses as well as the governor's mansion.

In St. Louis city, only one has been filed - apparently Greitens' case.

Leaders of the Missouri House plan their own investigation.

Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) tweeted Friday morning that the indictment is a "serious matter" and there was no place for "party or partisanship". The group said Greitens also "no longer intends to serve" on its executive committee.

Greitens' attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. claimed the indictment is "baseless and unfounded".

The allegations first emerged from audio secretly recorded by the woman's ex-husband and shared anonymously with local CBS affiliate KMOV.

"With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken". But the choice also may have had a political advantage: Missouri has a large population of Bosnian refugees.

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

According to lawmakers who were interviewed, the questions focused on the conversations and interactions legislators had with the governor about the affair and alleged blackmail before and after the story went public. The donations occurred in her 2016 campaign. Greitens and Kehoe are both Republicans.

Eric Greitens is seen in in a photo from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Greitens has acknowledged having an extramarital affair in 2015.

According to the Associated Press, some Democratic lawmakers are calling on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign or be impeached following his indictment on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. "Should he refuse to step aside, I will call on my colleagues in the house to take all necessary actions to remove the governor from office".

Prosecutors allege Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent during an affair in 2015, before he was elected.

Read the Missouri Republican Party's full statement below.

Gov. Greitens calls this indictment political; Corlew disagrees. Democrats said it was the kind of insider politics that Greitens decried in his campaign, and the chairman of the state party filed an ethics complaint contending he should have disclosed the list as an in-kind contribution.

A spokeswoman for the National Governors Association tells The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Greitens has informed the organization he won't be attending the group's weekend meeting in Washington.

He was released on a personal recognizance bond Thursday that permits him to travel freely throughout the U.S. His attorneys say they are asking to have the indictment overturned.

Greitens released a statement saying he made a mistake but "did not commit a crime".

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