Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

Indicted Missouri governor had been rising politically

In a formal statement, Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Sam Cooper lashed out at St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who brought charges against Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.

In a weird 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.

Greitens had been a rising star in the national Republican Party and a welcome partner for state GOP lawmakers, whose favored policies had faced a Democratic governor's veto pen until Greitens' election in 2016.

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Sam Cooper echoed those sentiments Friday, calling the indictment a "political hit job" and linking the indictment to NY billionaire George Soros.

"Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job", Cooper said.

Gardner is a former Democratic lawmaker who served in the House of Representatives.

Documents filed in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' felony case offer a defense for the embattled Republican and shed light on why he has refused to definitively say whether he ever photographed a woman with whom he cheated on his wife.

Attorney Kim Gardner for the indictment, calling her a "reckless liberal prosecutor".

Watkins said last month that he had turned in hours of compromising audio on Greitens to law enforcement, and two officials told CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recently opened an inquiry into the Missouri governor.

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House Republicans, including Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, announced in a statement that they would be forming a committee to "answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward".

Greitens was taken into custody Thursday in St. Louis and released on his own recognizance. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis, called for an impeachment process to begin immediately.

Greitens' lawyer Edward L. Dowd said in a statement to the media that he and his client welcome the chance to review the matter with a bipartisan House committee.

Greitens was arrested, booked and released on his felony charge on Thursday. If the indictment stands, the first court hearing is scheduled for March 16.

Despite that, members of Greitens own party question his ability to lead, as others, mostly Democrats, are calling for the governor to resign. On February 23, the RGA announced that Greitens would be stepping down and cancelling an appearance with their organization in Washington, D.C.

According to Greitens' indictment, the governor has been charged with violating Missouri State Statute 565.252, which prohibits individuals from from photographing or taping someone "in a state of full or partial nudity" without their consent and carries a special three-year statute of limitations, according to the circuit attorney's office. "While the criminal justice system must run its course, the governor needs to consider whether remaining in office under these circumstances is the right thing to do for not only himself and his family but for the people of Missouri". It alleges Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent during their affair in March 2015, before he was governor.

State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, says there is a difference between the court of public opinion and a court of law.

Greitens' 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.

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