Missouri AG calls for Gov. Greitens to resign amid House report

The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV

The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV

Hawley is the state attorney general. He said it's up to the House to decide whether to attempt to impeach the governor. But he says the people of Missouri should not be put through an impeachment "ordeal" and the governor should step down.

The findings made public on Wednesday corroborate reports from a witness who testified he threatened to use the alleged photo to blackmail her into keeping their relationship quiet.

Hawley is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. "Governor Greitens should resign immediately". GOP legislative leaders announced that the panel will continue its investigation and decide whether to file articles of impeachment. In just 33 days, a court of law and a jury of my peers will let every person in Missouri know the truth and prove my innocence. He says lawmakers will take steps to call themselves into a special session.

Greitens is accused of having nonconsensual sex with a hair stylist in 2015, before he was gubernatorial candidate.

The woman says Greitens then pulled down her trousers and took a picture of her with her cell phone.

"Should the governor choose not to resign, I am persuaded that he has not only burned bridges, he has blown them up to where it will be impossible for him to effectively lead the state going forward", Kehoe said in a statement.

Mr Greitens called the investigation a "political witch hunt" and refused to testify to the committee.

Other Republicans to whom KCUR reached out to did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., February 22, 2018.

"The testimony outlined in the report is beyond disturbing", Richardson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

She told the committee that Greitens slapped and hit her, and that she did not consent to the encounter in which she said she heard the sound of a cellphone taking a picture of her mostly nude body.

The report states that Greitens declined to testify but said through counsel that he would be willing to testify at the conclusion of the criminal trial. The committee, composed of five Republicans and two Democrats, was established February 27, five days after Greitens' indictment.

The Missouri Senate majority leader has become the highest ranking member of the state Legislature to call for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign.

She also testified that she met with Greitens again in May 2015, when she had consensual oral sex with him.

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When she arrived at 7 a.m., about 45 minutes before she was supposed to arrive at her job, Greitens took her keys, searched her purse and patted her down, checking outside to see if any one had seen her come in, the report said.

The criminal case is set for trial in May.

A trial for the invasion-of-privacy case is scheduled to open next month. She also said he threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about their interaction. The woman described the incident in graphic detail in her sworn testimony before the House committee.

She told the committee that Greitens then laid her down on the ground, preceded to lay down beside her and pulled down his trousers.

About a week later, Greitens asked her to meet him in an alleyway behind a Starbucks when she phoned him, and invited her over to his house for a weekend when his wife would be out of town, she said. "It felt like consent, but, no, I didn't want to do it", she told lawmakers, later adding: "Coerced, maybe". She said Greitens then grabbed her in a hug and laid her down.

Greitens has denied threatening to blackmail her. He hasn't directly answered questions about whether he took a photo.

The woman testified that she would not have been interested if he simply told her he wanted to have sex at that time, but she thought he was suggesting a "sexy workout" and was curious and confused.

Greitens attorneys say the woman's videotaped interview from March backs up Greitens' claim that the encounter was consensual.

A defiant Greitens slammed the accusations against him as "a political witch hunt" and vowed that he would be vindicated in court next month.

Greitens, a 44-year-old former Navy SEAL, was considered a political up-and-comer. They said that occurred only after a House investigatory committee had released separate testimony from the woman saying that Greitens had initiated an aggressive, unwanted sexual encounter in 2015.

The Associated Press reported that the committee would not begin impeachment proceedings before May 18, when the regular legislative session ends.

He has categorically denied any illegal actions or non-consensual contact.

6 - The first House committee meeting is held; other ones will be at a Jefferson City police station to provide witnesses more privacy than they would have in the Capitol.

"He clearly used his power to manipulate her", said Democratic Floor Leader Gail Beatty, according to CNN.

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