MO Lawmakers Call For Resignation, Probe Amid Guv’s Blackmail Allegations

UNIVERSITY CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 22: Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens addresses the crowd at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens and US Vice President, Mike Pence, were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who were on hand to cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti. (Photo: Michael Thomas/ Getty Images)
UNIVERSITY CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 22: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens addresses the crowd at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Greitens and US Vice President Mike Pence were o... UNIVERSITY CITY, MO - FEBRUARY 22: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens addresses the crowd at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on February 22, 2017 in University City, Missouri. Greitens and US Vice President Mike Pence were on hand to speak to over 300 volunteers who helped cleanup after the recent vandalism. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-semitic graffiti. (Photo: Michael Thomas/ Getty Images) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Missouri state senators on Thursday called for an investigation amid allegations that Gov. Eric Greitens (R) threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair. Some took it further and called for Greitens to resign.

State Sen. Doug Libla (R) in a letter to Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley (R) asked him to examine allegations that Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman he was sexually involved with in 2015 with a naked photo he took during one of their sexual encounters, according to the Kansas City Star.

State Sen. Gary Romine (R) told the Kansas City Star that any investigation needs “to move as quickly as possible.”

“The only way we can remove this cloud is to get all the facts,” Romine said. “If it exonerates him, we can move on. If it doesn’t, he needs to resign or face impeachment.”

Other Republicans were more equivocal in their remarks. State Sen. Mike Cierpiot (R) said his thoughts “remain private” because “there’s just not enough information.”

State Rep. Bryan Spencer (R) said it was “too early” and “we don’t know the facts.”

“All we hear is what’s in the news,” Spencer told the Kansas City Star. “In today’s society we can destroy a people with just accusations.”

Republican state Sens. Ron Richard, Mike Kehoe and Bob Onder in a joint statement said they “find these serious allegations shocking and concerning.”

“As this situation is evolving, we expect the governor to be honest and forthright,” they said.

State Democratic officials took a much stronger position on the allegations against Greitens.

State Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh (D) and Sen. Kiki Curls (D) said in a statement that “people accused of these egregious acts do not get to wave off the scrutiny of law enforcement simply because they are in a position of power; and victims of these crimes deserve our full support.”

State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D) called on Greitens to “resign immediately.”

State Rep. Mark Ellebracht (D) called for a criminal investigation into the allegations against Greitens, who admitted to the affair but denied the blackmail threats.

“Infidelity is unfortunate, but it is not illegal,” Ellebracht said, according to the report. “Blackmail is illegal. Potential allegations of sexual assault are illegal. It is not fair for the governor to hide behind his family and use them as a shield for what should be a criminal investigation.”

Another state Democratic member, Rep. Jerome Barnes, said Greitens should resign regardless of the findings of any investigation: “He’s a Navy SEAL. We have high standards to be a Navy SEAL. There should be high standards to be a governor also.”

Read Libla’s letter to Hawley:

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Well at least republicans have moved on from child molestation to simple blackmail and infidelity.

    At this rate in 100 years children and women may be safe around the average GOPervert.

    See? Progress.

    Of course you do have to wonder if he picked up his particular tastes while processing female prisoners in Iraq.

  2. Picture evidence too…

  3. Time for the gov to “spend time with the family”. Question is … which family.

  4. No- he broke up this woman’s marriage and then blackmailed her into further acts. There is no ‘other’ family here.

    The only reason we know about this is because the husband came forward.

  5. The solomonic Roberts Supreme Court has already declared bribery with suitcases of money, Rolexes, luxury cars etc. completely legal if done by white christian conservative Republican governor. It is a time to for the Supreme Court declare blackmail legal as well. Money is free speech and these are victimless crimes that christian conservatives should be allowed to commit with impunity.

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

40 more replies

Participants

Avatar for system1 Avatar for paulw Avatar for meri Avatar for sysprog Avatar for bluestatedon Avatar for ctvoter Avatar for irasdad Avatar for sandyh Avatar for lastroth Avatar for maxaroo Avatar for serendipitoussomnambulist Avatar for ronbyers Avatar for mrf Avatar for dddinah Avatar for darrtown Avatar for southerndem Avatar for established_1781 Avatar for tsp Avatar for earthquakeweather Avatar for rod Avatar for coprophagoussmile Avatar for jakebarnes Avatar for mjtanner Avatar for alyo

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: