US Missouri governor urged to resign following felony indictment

US Missouri governor urged to resign following felony indictment

If the vague invocation of shadowy, rich puppet masters is a valid way to discredit the actions of a politician, then at the very least a dispute between Gardner and Greitens on those terms would end be a draw.

In a statement, Greitens called the indictment a "misguided political decision" by a "reckless liberal prosecutor".

"With several roads in southern Missouri closed due to high water, and water rescues occurring in the southwest portion of the state, the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to respond to this flooding", Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden said. The governor's lawyers said that he violated no laws and that they were seeking to have the case dismissed.

The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement of similar sentiment, pointing to ideological differences being the driving force behind the indictment.

"In the wake of the grand jury criminal indictment, and with legal proceedings to come, I cannot see how he could effectively perform the duties of his office, let alone to lead with the kind of moral authority needed to make a positive impact", said Rep. Kevin Corlew, a Kansas City Republican.

Hours later after Greitens was arrested and released on that charge, he said in a statement he "made a personal mistake" before he was governor and that he "did not commit a crime". "We will begin the process of tasking a group of legislators to investigate these serious charges". An investigation is a necessary first step before an impeachment proceeding but does not necessarily lead to one.

If lawmakers start an investigation, a committee would decide whether to present articles of impeachment to the full House.

If the House impeaches him, then a special commission will be chosen by the Senate to hear the case.

"The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded".

The circuit attorney is an elected official.

Ryan says no new information or facts were being offered, so Gardner deemed the meeting unnecessary. With unrest in nearby Ferguson still on the minds of people in St. Louis, where black residents slightly outnumber whites, Gardner, who is black, pledged to restore trust in the criminal justice system. Gardner, a former Democratic lawmaker, has held her current office for a little more than a year.

The governor is also stating that he will fight the charges, and he has since stepped down from his position on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association. On the tape, the woman said Greitens photographed her blindfolded and with her hands bound and said he would publicize the photo if she ever spoke about their relationship.

That was consensual, she said in the audio, but she became aware that he took a photo when she saw a flash of light through her blindfold.

While the governor had denied the blackmail allegations, he has never given a "yes" or "no" on the question of whether he photographed the woman. He has declined to say whether he took a photo.

Greitens acknowledged in January that he had an extramarital affair in 2015, but he denied the blackmail allegations and told supporters that a St. Louis prosecutor's investigation would clear him. For the sake of our state, I am calling on Governor Greitens to put an end to this distraction and resign immediately.

Greitens surprised many experts by defeating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the November 2016 election.

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