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More fallout from Greitens indictment

24 February 2018, 07:09 | Katrina Lee

Missouri GOP attacks prosecutor, linking governor's indictment to New York billionaire

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A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

In a freaky bit of narrative jiu jitsu, the party somehow has laid the blame at the feet of billionaire, and bogeyman to the alt-right, George Soros.

State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, who has been critical of the governor since the scandal arose, said he supports the House leadership in their call to carefully review the serious charge that has been leveled against Greitens.

"Kim Gardner has received more than $200,000 from George Soros groups", the party chief said in a statement. "The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points".

Greitens' Democratic opponent suggested in an ad that the Republican was diverting money that was supposed to be used to help veterans. Greitens is further alleged to have blackmailed the woman - a local hairdresser - by threatening to make the photo public should she divulge the existence of their affair.

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) called on the Republican Governors Association (RGA) when the charges were filed to remove Greitens from their Executive Committee.

Lawyers have allegedly turned over hours of compromising audio on Greitens to authorities, prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open an inquiry into the Missouri governor.

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"I think the governor should consider resigning", Engler said.

Greitens, 43, was taken into custody after his court hearing for taking a photo of a person who was nude, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

State lawmakers enacted the first version of the invasion-of-privacy law in 1995, after a southwestern Missouri prosecutor discovered that his wife, daughter and two secretaries were among female customers secretly videotaped at a combination tanning salon and video store.

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr. has filed a motion to dismiss the indictment on the grounds that any relationship with the woman was consensual. The indictment says Greitens took a picture of someone in "full or partial nudity" without that person's knowledge or consent, and that he transmitted the image "in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer". The sentence for felony invasion of privacy is up to four years in prison.

House Speaker Todd Richardson announced he would form a special committee of legislators from both parties to investigate the charges shortly after news broke of the indictment. The grand jury found probable cause to believe Greitens violated a statute when he allegedly took a compromising photo of his mistress without her consent, and then allegedly threatened to blackmail her in 2015. She's sticking with that stance, adding that Greitens needs to recognize the damage to his party and the state if more personal scandals become public.

One bone Greitens' defense team has to pick with the indictment is the notion that the woman "would have a reasonable expectation of privacy" while allegedly bound to exercise equipment in the basement of Greitens' home, which she told her ex-husband she entered on her own volition. Greitens has admitted to the affair but says no crime was committed.

His charity, The Mission Continues, faced scrutiny during the campaign when Democrats accused him of insider politics for accessing the donor list to raise about $2 million through its top contributors. Gardner's spokeswoman responded that the facts will be argued in court, not in the media.

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