Committee Report Reveals Graphic Allegations Against Missouri Governor
Committee Report Reveals Graphic Allegations Against Missouri Governor
Gov. Greitens calls investigation 'witch-hunt,' says trial will prove innocence
12 April, 2018, 07:25
When she admitted to having had sex with husband, she said Greitensslapped her across the face "hard".
Both Democrats and Republicans in Jefferson City find the details in a report investigating Gov. Eric Greitens to be troubling.
But Republican consultant John Hancock said the "constant retelling of the underlying facts of the affair has had a debilitating effect on the governor, as it would any elected official".
Missouri House of Representatives Speaker of the House Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) defended the report and called the findings "beyond disturbing".
Greitens' attorneys had tried to steer the Legislature to delay its report until after his jail trial, arguing that it would embody some data that isn't completely appropriate and can taint the jury pool. That trial is set to begin in mid-May.
Speaking shortly before the report was released, Greitens told reporters gathered at the Capitol that he expected it to contain "lies and falsehoods" and reaffirmed his commitment to remaining in office. "This is exactly like what's happening with the witch hunts in Washington, D.C". The governor also referred to the investigation as a witch hunt, and compared himself to Donald Trump.
Eric Greitens should step down, or prepare to be impeached. The impeachment process can occur independently of a criminal case.
But Democrats quickly called on Greitens to resign, as did Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, Democratic U.S. Sen.
Hawley's Democratic opponent, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, voiced her disgust with Greitens' conduct, tweeting "I can't get my head around a man's character that would put his wife and children through this kind of pain", she tweeted.
She told lawmakers that the assault followed another incident earlier that same month, in which Greitens moved his hand all the way up her leg "to her crotch" without her consent while she was cutting his hair.
She went before work, at 7 a.m., and when he met her at his back door, he patted her down, took her keys away, searched her purse, and made her change into some pajama bottoms and a T-shirt, apparently to make sure she wasn't wearing a wire.
She testified: "I thought this was going to be some sort of, like, sexy workout".
But once in his basement, Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings, blindfolded her, started kissing her, ripped open the shirt and pulled down her trousers, the woman testified.
The then had consensual sex in May of 2015, she said.
The woman said she didn't permit him to touch her, and added she heard a click and saw a flash while she was tied up. "They're going to be everywhere, after which all people will know what a bit wh- you are". "I knew he had volunteered at the Mother Theresa House", she testified.
"I was definitely fearful", the woman testified to the legislative committee.
After telling Greitens, "I don't want this", the lady testified that Greitens unbound her arms.
The woman said that she had been in awe of him as "this flawless guy" and Mother Teresa House volunteer since first cutting his hair in 2013. She told the committee Greitens promised he had deleted it. "I feel like you haven't been treated good in so long". Greitens said he would show her "how to do a proper pullup". The special House committee also is looking into The Mission Continues, and said it will discuss the information in its next report.
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