New statement from Greitens: Report's allegations will be "refuted by facts"
15 April, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Top Republicans joined a growing push to urge embattled GOP Gov. Eric Greitens to resign Thursday, after state lawmakers released an explosive report alleging he initiated unwanted sexual contact with a woman who worked as his hairdresser.
Although the woman admitted to being emotionally conflicted over Greitens at the time, she said she feared for her safety on a couple of occasions.
The four witnesses cited in the report are the woman, her ex-husband and two of her friends.
Jim Martin, one of Greitens' attorneys, said the deposition of the woman tells a different story than the House report. She purposefully kept it hidden until one hour after the false report was released.
"I think it's going to be awfully hard for him to survive politically", said University of Missouri-Columbia political scientist Peverill Squire.
A legislative report on the accusations, which made no recommendations about Greitens' political future, was released on April 11. She said she "instantly started bawling".
Greitens has seized on the dream portion of the woman's statement, telling media that the case is "a political witch hunt now based on the testimony of somebody who said under oath that they may be remembering this through a dream". He's asked me to stand with him and let his investigation continue.
"The Governor has to resign period!", State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., a Democrat, said on Twitter.
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh of Bellefontaine Neighbors wants much quicker action than calling a special session, which would take place after the current session adjourns in mid-May.
Eric Greitens, an author, photographer and former Navy SEAL, speaks to the corps of cadets at the 22nd Annual Ethics Forum Friday, March 25, 2011, in Leamy Auditorium at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
"I don't think that he will resign except for something extraordinary like the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States urging him to resign". Trump and Greitens are both Republicans.
Greitens also said in a statement Wednesday: "This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false". The Governor's lawyers also say they have never seen the infamous photo evidence that led to the criminal case.
"Those words - spanking, hitting - you can't defend those actions", said Richard. The state constitution lays out several grounds for impeachment, including "moral turpitude", although there is disagreement on whether the offending behavior must occur while a person is in office. The defense showed a picture of the investigator in court, sitting next to Gardner, taking notes.
"In the course of his motion argument, defendant accused the Circuit Attorney of suborning perjury".
Eric Greitens is pictured in this mugshot after his indictment. The Circuit Attorney's office says the order will help ensure a fair trial and cut down on what it alleges is the defense using the media to try its case.
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