Missouri Gov. Greitens Indicted on Felony Invasion of Privacy Charge

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A growing number of lawmakers from both parties are calling for Greitens to step down or be impeached.

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Attorney General Josh Hawley went on Twitter Friday to weigh in on the indictment of Greitens.

The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens amounts to a "political hit job" by a Democratic prosecutor. Greitens has admitted to the affair but denies any crime was committed.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, under indictment for invasion of privacy in connection with the cover-up of an extramarital affair, has resigned from a leadership position with the Republican Governors Association, the organization said on Friday. And that he did - especially in the area of tort reform, where Missouri is now weighing a host of potential changes, including a bill that would restrict lawyers from joining multiple similar cases, and another which seeks to shorten the statute of limitations on filing personal injury lawsuits. The woman's ex-husband alleged that the affair happened in March 2015, and that Greitens took a picture of the woman he meant to use as blackmail. It alleges Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent during their affair in March 2015, before he was governor.

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The facts and the Grand Jury's decision to indict, speak for themselves.

"We look forward to a bipartisan committee of legislators elected by people across Missouri to find out what's really going on- ensuring St. Louis liberals aren't controlling the future of our state", Cooper said.

The woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took a compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

Greitens, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, was once considered a rising star in Republican politics, and is now feeling heat from his own party. The charges are unfounded and baseless.

Meanwhile, state Democrats are demanding Greitens' resignation.

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Facing legal trouble in Missouri, Gov. Eric Greitens will skip this weekend's National Governors Association meetings in Washington, and he will also step down from his post on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. Republicans have already announced they are launching an investigation into the indictment charge. The indictment follows an investigation that was launched in January, after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser.

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In response to the "governor's personal attacks", Ryan said, her office "believes the courtroom is the appropriate place to argue the facts, not the media".

She said Greitens "taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me", took a photo of her partially nude, and then warned her to remain silent.

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