Democrats push for quicker action on Greitens


Greitens repeatedly told reporters Wednesday that the allegations against him were a "political witch hunt" - a phrase similar to what Trump has used to discredit investigations into whether he had any role in Russia's interference in the 2016 elections.

Hawley is the state attorney general. "The people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal".

The letter was also signed by Republican Sens.

A Missouri House committee is expanding its investigation into Republican Gov. Eric Greitens and will make recommendations about whether to pursue impeachment.

The special House committee is to recommend after the legislative session ends May 18 whether to pursue impeachment.

That means any legislative action also could come after Greitens' criminal trial on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman in 2015.

At the Missouri Capitol, pressure was mounting on Greitens, 44, to step down before his scheduled May 14 trial.

The woman testified to the House investigatory committee that Greitens was physically aggressive during an unwanted sexual encounter and threatened to distribute a photo if she spoke about it. He said he was the victim of a "political witch-hunt" stemming from a "private mistake" that had nothing to do with his job as governor.

An assistant circuit attorney asked the woman, "Did you see what you believed to be a phone?"

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"Should the governor choose not to resign, I am persuaded that he has not only burned bridges, he has blown them up to where it will be impossible for him to effectively lead the state going forward", Kehoe said. 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.

For now, he says a decision on whether Greitens should resign is up to the House Speaker. The committee is made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.

The governor declined to testify.

Rauner said Thursday he is "deeply troubled" by a Missouri House committee's report of an allegation that Greitens coerced a woman into sex.

A videotape previously indicated by the prosecutor's office to have malfunctioned has been found and turned over to the defense.

The defense accused Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of withholding evidence and said it would ask for sanctions against her and seek to interview the woman again.

In court on Thursday, Greitens' lawyers moved for dismissal of the case on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat whom the governor has accused of abusing her authority for political reasons.

In another meeting, the woman said Greitens asked her whether she had been sexually active with anyone else, including her husband. "She was a willing participant in everything they did, and the video goes a long way to establish that". She said Greitens then grabbed her in a hug and laid her down. She said she started "uncontrollably crying".

Peverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri, said Greitens is in a hard position now that members of his own party have called on him to step down as governor.

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A special committee formed in the wake of the accusations will decide whether or not to file articles of impeachment. He hasn't directly answered questions about whether he took a photo.

A bipartisan state House panel released a report Wednesday that included detailed testimony from a woman they deemed a "credible witness".

Responding to Greitens, Richardson said: "This is not a witch hunt".

Although the House adjourned for the week a day early after the report's release, the Senate was in session Thursday where its office holders lined up to offer their own options for dealing with what they perceive to be a defiant governor.

The House report contained explosive, hurtful allegations of coercion, violence, and assault.

The House committee hasn't released its findings.

"Facts that have been set forth in the investigative report do not show consensual".

Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in St. Louis on February 22.

A Greitens spokesman says the administration is "operating as normal".

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