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Fellow GOP Governor Calls on Missouri's to Resign Over Scandal

Fellow GOP Governor Calls on Missouri's to Resign Over Scandal

As attorney general, he is pursuing legal action against Greitens for potential campaign-law violations. In the history of the state of Missouri, no governor has ever been impeached.

The woman testified that she confronted him later that day about the photo and he responded: "You have to understand, I'm running for office, and people will get me, and I have to have some sort of thing to protect myself".

The woman then says she felt "coerced" into giving the governor oral sex.

Hawley is a top recruit running in the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen.

A judge's ruling on a request to dismiss an invasion of privacy indictment of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stemming from an extramarital affair won't happen before next week.

The speaker of the state legislature, Todd Richardson, another Republican, denied the report was politically motivated.

The embattled governor is due to go on trial on May 14 over the sexual assault allegations.

A House committee report says Greitens' ex-mistress did not give him permission to rip her shirt open or pull her trousers down during a 2015 sexual meeting.

According to the report, the woman testified that she met Greitens in 2013 as a customer of her hair salon.

The report describes in lurid detail a tumultuous, months-long affair punctuated by instances of physical abuse, jealous rage and manipulative behavior by Greitens. Two other women who are friends of the woman confirmed that her testimony before the committee was consistent with descriptions of the encounters she'd shared with them. Henke is a former state representative from Troy. Her attorney has repeatedly sought anonymity on her behalf.

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Greitens said at a news conference that the report from the committee is "full of lies" and is part of a "political witch hunt".

"The committee will not be in a position to make recommendations before the end of the session", he said. Many lawmakers are calling for the Governor to resign after the report's release. Some of the governor's sexual conduct - such as groping her during one haircut appointment - was not consensual, she claimed.

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".

The committee has started its investigation after the governor was indicted in February.

The Associated Press wrote that "the prosecutor in the case says the defense "cherry picked bits and pieces" of her nine-hour deposition and the woman's attorney says the comment referred to one particular instance concerning the photo".

But Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, says there were no restrictions from the circuit court prohibiting Greitens from testifying before the House committee.

But once in his basement, Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings, blindfolded her, started kissing her, ripped open the shirt and pulled down her trousers, the woman testified.

A Friday release from the party criticizes Attorney General Hawley for not doing enough or acting too slow to check into allegations of misconduct against the governor.

In another meeting, the woman said Greitens asked her whether she had been sexually active with anyone else, including her husband.


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