On Thursday evening, Kimberly M. Gardner, the circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis, released a statement saying that she has made a decision to launch a formal investigation into the allegations against Governor Greitens. Ever. Like I said, nothing, period, had ever happened or taken place until this snowball.
Eric Greitens admitted to an extramarital affair Wednesday after a local news station reported the allegations, and now Greitens could be in "serious" danger of losing his job.
But he says blackmail allegations against him, stemming from the same report, are politically motivated.
Greitens is not under criminal investigation, but the city's top prosecutor, Kim Gardner, encouraged anyone with evidence of a crime to come forward.
An attorney for the woman's ex-husband says he has been interviewed multiple times by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Greitens, 43, said in a joint statement with his wife, Sheena, that "there was a time" before he became governor when he was "unfaithful in our marriage", and his wife had forgiven him.
The affair was "a deeply personal mistake", the statement said. "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", the statement said.
Louis obtained a recording in which a woman says she was blackmailed by Greitens to keep quiet after a sexual encounter. She says on the tape that he invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up". A Vice producer, Phoebe Barghouty, about a series of unwanted sexual advances, saying Larsen would touch her on her lower back or bare thigh and asked her to accompany him to parties in Hollywood Hills. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me".
She said she later realized he took a photo of her. Schatz said he explained to the governor: "Before I render judgment, I want to see all the facts".
"We have not been provided the tape or the transcript and know nothing about the circumstances of how or why it was made and so are not commenting on any motives of any person who is claimed to have been recorded".
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is facing calls for resignation.
Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, described himself during his campaign as a "very proud husband and father", and often included his wife and two small children in his television ads. Senator Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff) is reportedly circulating a letter among lawmakers to send to Attorney General Josh Hawley. "And that's the objective of my contacting the Attorney General's office on this".
Republican leaders in the Missouri Senate and House released statements urging Greitens to be "forthright" and "accountable for his actions". Democratic leaders Gina Walsh and Kiki Curls said "violence and threats against women are never acceptable" and that the allegations must be investigated.
State Rep. Brandon Ellington of Kansas City has joined the chorus of Democrats who are calling for Greitens to resign.