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    Democrats seized on the indictment, with the Democratic Governors Association calling on Greitens to step down immediately. Although Greitens has previously admitted to the affair, he has denied any sort of blackmail or abuse of the woman. The report included details of a recording of a woman saying Greitens had tried to blackmail her to keep quiet about their sexual encounter. He has, however, denied that he threatened to circulate the pictures. The woman in question, identified as K.S., alleged that Greitens had tied her up and taken a “full or partially” nude photograph of her, threatening to release it if she told anyone about the affair. The indictment alleges Greitens “transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer”. Kim Gardner, St Louis circuit attorney, announced the charge following an investigation launched in January after Mr Greitens admitted he had been “unfaithful” with his hairdresser in 2015. House minority leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, released a statement questioning whether the governor should stay in office. The governor is now out on bond (until his March 16 court date), but obviously, his political career is imploding. But invasion of privacy charges are hard to make stick. He maintains he did not commit a crime. “My client is absolutely innocent”. Attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. filed a motion to dismiss the indictment on the grounds that any relationship with the woman was consensual. Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens now faces a felony charge stemming from an extramarital affair three years ago. She added “the governor needs to consider whether remaining in office under these circumstances is the right thing to do for not only himself and his family but for the people of Missouri”. Prosecutors filed the charge less than a month before the statute of limitations was set to run out March 21. The result of such an investigation could lead to impeachment, regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings. “Everything flows from the top, and you look at what’s going on with our president, this doesn’t really surprise me”, KC resident Howard Townsend said. “Elected officials are and should be held to a higher standard”. Lawmakers have called on Greitens to resign in the wake of the scandal, but so far he’s refused. Mr Greitens surprised many experts by defeating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the November 2016 election. His own agenda – including his recent push for a sizable tax cut – has mostly stalled. He says: “Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job”. “Legal charges might be a game-changer”. The allegations against Greitens surfaced shortly after he delivered his annual State of the State address last month. “Gov. Greitens has to go”, Democratic state Sen. The Missouri governor’s indictment is igniting a variety of reactions all around the metro – indeed statewide. “Many in Jefferson City view everything associated with St. Louis as purely motivated by Democrats with an ax to grind”, Messmer says, “so his supporters might blow this off as purely politically motivated”. Any impeachment process must begin in the House with an investigation. A spokeswoman for circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner, whose office announced the charges, rebutted the allegations that the indictment was a political move.
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