Troubled bigtime? Rauner says Missouri gov should quit over sex allegations


As attorney general, he is pursuing legal action against Greitens for potential campaign-law violations.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe became the highest ranking member of the state legislature to call for Greitens' resignation Thursday.

A report released by a legislative committee investigating Greitens detailed testimony from a woman who said Greitens slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during unwanted sexual encounters.

"I think that if every legislator said for him to stand down and resign, I still don't think that he would", said Schaaf.

"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 written statement.

The alleged offense occurred in March 2015, the year before Greitens, a married father of two and a former U.S. Navy SEAL commando, was elected governor.

Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens are asking a judge to dismiss a criminal indictment against him while accusing prosecutors of misconduct for withholding a videotaped interview of a woman with whom he had an affair.

Mr. Greitens has admitted to having a consensual affair but has denied any wrongdoing stemming from the liaison with a woman identified as a hair stylist. He is set to go to trial May 14. This is inconsistent with her statements in the video interview with the Circuit Attorney. And now, we have proof that Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her team hid evidence from the people of Missouri and from the Missouri House of Representatives-evidence that undermined the narrative pushed in the House report.

Asked about the latest developments during a Thursday afternoon bill signing in his Capitol office, Rauner said he was "deeply troubled" by the inquiry's findings.

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The woman's attorney, Scott Simpson, declined to comment on the defense team's assertions about what is in the video, citing a gag order in the criminal case.

Greitens said in a statement Wednesday night: "This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false".

But the testimony revealed in the state legislative report has spurred leading Republicans not to wait until the outcome of that trial to urge Greitens to step down. "This is a political witch hunt", he claimed Wednesday.

"I do think the governor should resign". "He ran as something different than everybody else, and Trump was more in some ways upfront about who he was". In the history of the state of Missouri, no governor has ever been impeached.

An April 8 headline on the Sentinel, a website that writes about government in Missouri, said that his accuser "admits photo session may have been a dream".

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. But he said Greitens' case doesn't cleanly fit that mold, because he's facing bipartisan criticism from lawmakers, including from some who had been among his early supporters.

The special House committee is to recommend after the legislative session ends May 18 whether to pursue impeachment.

A special committee formed in the wake of the accusations will decide whether or not to file articles of impeachment. 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 conduct the report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front.

They say the state Constitution allows them to look at "moral turpitude", which is "an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community".