Missouri governor accused of blackmailing mistress indicted

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The indictment was unsealed around 4:00 p.m., saying the grand jury believed they had enough probable cause evidence to believe Governor Grietens took a nude photograph of a woman he had an affair with in March 2015, without her knowledge or consent.

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., said his client is "absolutely innocent". He went to the media with a recording and accusations against Greitens, the Star reported. They then introduced a bill outlawing "revenge porn", with Republicans supporting an amendment to make it a felony to threaten someone with releasing a sexually explicit photo, in what many view as a rebuke against Greitens.

Greitens admits to the affair that he calls consensual.

Many called for Greitens' resignation, including some lawmakers in Missouri. Sen.

Following today's indictment, Gov. Greitens should step down immediately.

If convicted of the felony, the governor could face up to four - possibly five - years in prison.

Greitens was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury and taken into custody after the release of the indictment, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A joint statement from state GOP leaders, including Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, said the charges are "serious" and warrant consideration.

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In a statement the governor vowed to fight the "reckless liberal prosecutor" trying to score political points.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Wolff said it's up to the House to decide whether a state official can be impeached for conduct that occurred before he took office.

The result of such an investigation could lead to impeachment, regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

But when asked if she thinks Greitens should resign, she said, "I think if I were in the governor's position, I would resign for the good of the state".

Missouri governor Eric Greitens has been charged after allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. Gardner's office reviews up to 13,000 cases brought by police each year and files charges in roughly half of them, Ryan said.

It is going to be very, very hard for any Republican in Missouri - or anywhere else - to avoid having a position on whether Greitens should stay or go after the indictment.

"Right now, my thoughts are with the women and families whose lives are forever changed because of Eric Greitens' behavior and actions", she said.

Greitens emerged the victor in a crowded and expensive GOP primary before defeating the state's attorney general, Democrat Chris Koster, in the November 2016 election to give Republicans control of the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years.

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