Missouri Governor Admits To Extramarital Affair Before He Took Office

  • Missouri Governor Admits To Extramarital Affair Before He Took Office

Missouri Governor Admits To Extramarital Affair Before He Took Office

Updated January 11 at 4:20 p.m. with Gardner investigation - Missouri House and Senate Republican leaders issued nearly identical statements of concern Thursday as they otherwise declined comment on the sex scandal swirling around Gov. Eric Greitens. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city.

Al Watkins, a lawyer for the husband, confirmed to TPM in a Thursday phone interview that his client had discussed the slapping allegation in an interview with KMOV, CBS' St. Louis affiliate.

Greitens tied her up, blindfolded her, took pictures of her naked body without her consent and threatened to post them to the Internet if she ever told anyone about their affair.

A lawyer for Greitens denied that he had slapped the woman. The facts will prove that fully.

It all started with a months-long investigation in which reporters obtained audio of a woman saying she had sex with Gov. Greitens, and that he tried to blackmail her to keep her quiet. "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", they wrote in a statement shared on their individual Twitter accounts. A former Rhodes scholar and Navy Seal, Greitens rose to office as a Republican in November 2016, his first election campaign. He is the author of "Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life" and, according to a profile in St. Louis Magazine, has had presidential aspirations since he was a young man. In one campaign ad, Greitens can be seen firing a Gatling-style machine gun while billing himself as a "conservative warrior".

"With the governor's reliance on secretive dark money, his alleged destruction of public records, and overall lack of transparency, deception has been a key part of Eric Greitens' administration", said Democratic House Assistant Minority Leader Gina Mitten.

The governor made the admission hours after he gave his annual State of the State address at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

The 43-year-old Republican, elected in 2016, met the woman when she cut his hair, according to a recording received by KMOV the woman's ex-husband. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me". He and his wife Sheena issued a joint statement Wednesday night.

Sheena Greitens added in another statement, "We have a loving marriage and an awesome family. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay from me and my children". It's worth noting that Missouri law actually contains no specific prohibitions against blackmail or extortion.

Bennett denied that authorities are involved. And if you look at previous outcomes for governors, the path doesn't always lead straight from alleged affairs to political oblivion; Bill Clinton still became the President, and Mark Sanford, after resigning as governor, got elected to Congress. "He (Greitens) is a homewrecker". She says on the tape that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up". He was fined $1,000.

Libla also said the state "is going to move forward". But now the Missouri governor is being accused of some pretty heinous stuff. I'll make you feel good.

Bennett said there were multiple false allegations in the TV station's report.

The ex-husband also claimed that law enforcement has "an elevated interest" in Greitens' actions during the affair.