Missouri Gov. Greitens to make statement ahead of legislative report release

The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV

The runway at Lambert Airport. Credit KMOV

The allegations are to be publicly aired again, perhaps with their greatest detail yet, when a special House investigatory committee releases a report Wednesday evening.

The transcripts were released alongside a report published on Wednesday that described the committee's investigation of Greitens' extramarital affair.

One hour before the release of the report, the governor said in a press conference that the report represented a political witch hunt.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February for allegedly taking the photo and transmitting it in a way that it could be accessed by a computer.

Eric Greitens groped a woman before inviting her back to his house to talk, and then blindfolded her in his basement and initiated unwanted sexual contact that she felt afraid to say no to, according to testimony in a dramatic report issued by the state's House of Representatives. She testified that during their first sexual encounter, Greitens threatened to distribute a partially nude photo taken without her permission if she spoke of the affair.

Greitens, who is married with two children, admitted January 10 that he had an affair.

The court filing says the woman also testified that she doesn't know if her belief that he had a phone was the result of a dream.

The investigation is a potential precursor to impeachment proceedings.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, said there were no restrictions from the circuit court prohibiting Greitens from testifying before the House committee. The charity has faced questions about whether the Greitens campaign used its donor list.

Plus, state Attorney General Josh Hawley has subpoenaed Greitens over The Mission Continues, a nonprofit for veterans Greitens started before running for office. He also said he'll "continue to serve as governor" in the face of "fake charges".

"No matter how things go, we'll have a very good steady leadership in both chambers", Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe said last week.

Upon reviewing the report from the Special Committee on Oversight, I believe that out of respect for the people of Missouri and the well- being of his family, the Governor should resign immediately.

Greitens called the report a "witch hunt" and said it would include "lies and falsehoods".

Greitens' swaggering public persona has changed since the scandal broke, University of Missouri-St.

"The aggressiveness has been tempered substantially and he's gone from playing offense to playing defense", Robertson said.

The motion from Greitens' lawyers said prosecutors withheld that evidence, and demanded that prosecutors bring forward other exculpatory evidence they might have. "I've seen enough. It's time for the governor to resign", state Rep. Richard Brown said.

This is a developing story.

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