Indicted Missouri governor resigns from
post with GOP governors group
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[February 24, 2018]
(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric
Greitens, under indictment for invasion of privacy in connection with
the cover-up of an extramarital affair, has resigned from a leadership
position with the Republican Governors Association, the organization
said on Friday.
Greitens will not attend the group's winter meeting currently under way
in Washington, the association's executive director, Paul Bennecke, said
in a statement.
"Given his desire to focus his full attention on moving forward in
Missouri, he also no longer intends to serve on the Executive Committee
of the" Republican Governors Association, Bennecke said.
A message left for Greitens' press office was not immediately returned,
and a spokeswoman for his attorneys said they had no comment.
A Missouri grand jury handed up a one-count indictment on Thursday,
accusing the 43-year-old of felony invasion of privacy, stemming from a
March 21, 2015, incident.
The indictment alleges Greitens photographed a woman, identified as
K.S., who was fully or partially nude, without her knowledge or consent
in a place where she could expect privacy. He then transmitted the image
in a way to allow it to be accessible by computer, the indictment said.
Greitens has admitted to having the affair with a woman before his
election in November 2016, but denied he tried to blackmail her to keep
it a secret.
He was booked and released on Thursday, and maintained his innocence in
a statement, saying he did not commit a crime.
Greitens said the case is politically motivated and called St. Louis
Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, who brought the indictment, a
"reckless liberal prosecutor."
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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. February 22, 2018. St. Louis Metropolitan
Police Dept./Handout via REUTERS
A spokeswoman for Gardner said in a statement on Friday that the
prosecutor will not "litigate this case in the media."
"These personal attacks, while disappointing, will not distract her
from her duty to serve justice and the citizens of this community,"
the statement said. "Both the governor and the victim deserve their
day in court."
Greitens, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, was once considered a rising star
in Republican politics, and is now feeling heat from his own party.
Leaders in the Republican-controlled Missouri House of
Representatives said they will launch their own investigation into
"We will carefully review the facts contained in the indictment and
answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our
state while a felony case moves forward," House Speaker Todd
Richardson said in a statement.
If convicted, Greitens faces a maximum four years in prison and up
to $5,000 in fines.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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