The letter signed by both Democrats and Republicans called the allegations "deeply disturbing" and said a swift investigation was necessary to avoid having the matter "overpower" the 2018 legislative session.
This confession comes after claims were made against the governor in an audio tape of a woman recorded by her ex-husband without her knowledge. Greitens denied claims that he took nude photos of her and threatened to release them publicly if she disclosed the relationship. Greitens has denied any blackmail threat, reports said.
Updated January 11 at 4:20 p.m. with Gardner investigation - Missouri House and Senate Republican leaders issued nearly identical statements of concern Thursday as they otherwise declined comment on the sex scandal swirling around Gov. Eric Greitens. This is a three-year-old personal matter that presents no matters of public or legal interest. He says the facts "will prove that fully".
She asked Greitens, whom she called by his first name, to "please consider all who are involved and the circumstances around us". "It was a deeply personal mistake". Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this.
Greitens, 43, is a relatively new star in the Republican Party who boasts an extraordinary résumé: Former Navy SEAL and Lt. Commander, attended Duke University on scholarship; Rhodes scholar at Oxford; PhD, author and White House Fellow during the administration of President George W. Bush.
The St.Louis Post Dispatch was also offered the story.
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The woman alleges Greitens taped her hands to some rings and blindfolded her. She alleges on the recording that Greitens took a photograph of her that he could use as "blackmail". "I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children", Sheena Greitens said in a separate message.
The lawyer, James Bennett, issued a new statement Thursday saying that the governor has no plans to resign. "People accused of these egregious acts do not get to waive off the scrutiny of law enforcement simply because they are in a position of power", Curls said in a statement released this morning.
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Al Watkins, the attorney for the woman's ex-husband, says his client told him that Greitens slapped his ex-wife during the affair. "There is no worse person", said the ex-husband to KMOV. Then he continued recording his estranged wife.
The woman did not give an interview to KMOV. Once the governor released a public statement the papers pushed ahead with their stories.
"I am not after anything", the ex-husband, who was also unnamed, told KMOV. I am not a part of anything. Greitens' press secretary did not respond to a request for comment. The bombshell report overshadowed his annual address to the Legislature and included blackmail allegations from the woman's ex-husband, who secretly recorded a conversation with his ex-wife discussing the affair.