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Embattled Missouri Ex-Governor Will Not be Charged for Affair

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

MCNS Staff

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will not be charged by a special prosecutor for his conduct during an affair he engaged in before his election.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Friday that though she believes the former Navy SEAL’s behavior may have been criminal, the state does not have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

The prosecutor took over the case last month after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly  Gardner dropped an invasion of privacy case against Greitens when she was called as a witness. Gardner stated that she planned to appoint a prosecutor to refile the case.

“I find her credible, and I believe her statements about being photographed are true,” Baker said of the woman with whom Greitens had the affair, according to a local source. “She had no vendetta. Without other evidence to support her accounting, she just didn’t want to go it alone. In the words of this victim, ‘my heart just can’t bear it.’”

Via Twitter Gardner commended Baker, stating that the prosecutor made a “gutsy decision to review the invasion case involving Eric Greitens, despite all of the mischaracterizations and attacks of those involved. I stand by my original decision to charge this case, and I respect Ms. Baker’s decision today.”

Gardner filed the original invasion of privacy charges against Greitens after allegations against him surfaced of misconduct with a woman with whom he had an extramarital sexual relationship in 2015. Greitens was accused by the woman, who remains publicly unnamed, of taking a picture of her blindfolded and partially nude and threatening to make the picture public if she spoke about their affair. No evidence of the photo has ever been found by either Gardner or Baker.

Greitens was also accused of physical and sexual abuse during the affair.

Greitens abruptly resigned last month amid the scandal involving this and another felony case which charged him with misusing his charity’s donor list for political purposes. Under threat of subpoena, Greitens announced that he would leave his governor seat.

The former governor’s attorneys have said that they believe past charges against the former governor are part of a “political witch hunt.”

Woman Caught in Governor Scandal Speaks Out

The victim of Eric Greitens' sexual assault has finally broker her silence.

The alleged victim of Eric Greitens’ sexual assault has finally broken her silence.

MCNS Staff

The woman with whom Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had an affair has given a public statement for the first time.

Still unidentified publicly, the woman referred in court documents as “K.S.” and sometimes “Witness 1” says she’s in the “middle of the most difficult, crazy fight that I didn’t ask to be a part of,” according to NBC News affiliate KSDK.

The woman went on the defend herself. “I didn’t want this. I wasn’t out to get anyone. I really was just trying to live my life,” she said.

Greitens has admitted the affair, but continues to deny allegations of sexual violence and coercion to keep her silent about the affair.

For more on the woman’s public defense, click here:

Legislative Hearing Details Greitens Sexual Abuse

New allegations accuse Missouri governor Eric Greitens of sexual battery.

New allegations accuse Missouri governor Eric Greitens of sexual battery.

By MCNS Staff

Testimony from a deposition by the legal team representing Eric Greitens of a woman caught in a scandal with the Missouri governor was read aloud by state lawmakers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Details of the testimony are of a very graphic and sexual nature and come out of allegations that Greitens committed sexual violence against the woman with whom he was having an affair. According to local reports, the woman described the governor holding her in a bear hug to prevent her from leaving his basement after he took a picture of her partially nude without her consent.

Also according to local news outlets, she testified that he then forced her to perform oral sex on him. This allegation was originally made public in a Missouri House of Representatives report last month.

In the shocking portrayal of the testimony, lawmakers took turns speaking in the voices of the woman and the lawyers questioning her in the deposition.

The deposition reveals Greitens attorney Scott Rosenblum seemingly attempting to undermine the woman’s testimony by asking questions about oral sex technique and negative questions about her consent for sex.

You didn’t say, ‘No, you’re not doing it?’ ” Rosenblum asked.

“I didn’t say anything,” she responded, according to the Kansas City Star.

Testimony was shared with Missouri lawmakers by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.

Greitens Charged Again- This Time with Tampering

By MCNS Staff

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted on a felony charge of computer tampering following allegations of his campaign obtaining a nonprofit donor list without the knowledge of the charity’s administrators.

Founded by Greitens in 2007, The Mission Continues charity seeks to support military veterans readjust to civilian life. But reports indicate that a probable cause statement issued by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged that Greitens “directed the disclosure” of “data, specifically a donor list owned by The Mission Continues, to a political fundraiser … working on behalf of Greitens for Missouri.”

The probable cause statement reads: “Greitens and an unnamed campaign aide “knew that the donor list disclosed on April 22, 2015, was taken without the permission of The Mission Continues.”

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her office have received evidence and materials from Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office to move forward in their investigation of the embattled governor.

The new felony charge heaps more legal and political problems onto Greitens who already faces a felony invasion of privacy charge emerging from an explicit photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he was having an affair. Missouri Republican and Democratic lawmakers and other leaders have called for Greitens to resign and are threatening to impeach him if he does not.

“This matter will go to a court of law — where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence,” Greitens responded to questions about stepping down. “Until then, I will do what the people of Missouri sent me here to do: to serve them and work hard on their behalf.”

A St. Louis judge ruled last week against dismissing his first felony charge, invasion of privacy, levied against him in connection to alleged pictures he took of a woman with whom he was having an affair while she was partially undressed, thought by critics as a means to coerce her to silence. The trial remains set for May 14.

According to local reports this week, attorneys for Greitens have sought a temporary restraining order against Hawley’s investigation and the appointment of a special prosecutor, arguing that Hawley conflicted himself by calling for the governor to resign.

Reports also state that a Missouri House committee has been engaged in a parallel probe, issuing a bombshell report last week detailing alleged sexual misconduct by Greitens toward the woman with whom he had an affair. That committee also plans to release findings concerning Greitens’ campaign’s use of the Mission Continues list.