Missouri governor acknowledges affair; attorney refutes blackmail claims

Greitens Attorney Calls Blackmail Allegations

Some are twisting the knife.

The fallout over Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' admitted affair and allegations of blackmail was swift, with the local prosecutor heeding Thursday's calls from Republicans and Democrats for an investigation, and some Democrats suggesting the governor should resign.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said Thursday that no criminal complaint has been filed against Greitens and no evidence of a crime has been presented to her office. He also wasn't shy on attacking his political opponents personally: For instance, he went after then-Lt.

Bennett, Greitens' lawyer, said in his statement that there was nothing about the relationship that "has generated or should generate law enforcement interest".

In announcing the appointment, Greitens' office noted that Llewellyn "is a coach and a mentor" and referenced her various church and civic-group memberships.

"Annette Llewellyn has spent her legal career as a courtroom lawyer", Greitens said in a statement.

The lawyer for the ex-husband said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted him several times since October 2016 about the affair. Having an extramarital affair with someone who is married is also bad. The commission deliberates and then sends three names to the governor, who normally interviews them and has 60 days to make an appointment, according to the Office of State Courts Administrator. The woman's ex, however, has suggested that Greitens' conduct amounted to blackmail. Gary Romine, R-Farmington, to broach the possibility of impeachment.

Meanwhile, Greitens remained hunkered down, hoping his own squall would pass - although some Missouri Republicans doubted it would.

"There was no 'blackmail, ' and that claim is false", Bennet said.

Greitens has admitted the affair, but denies the allegations of blackmail. "We want transparency. We want to know exactly what happened". "As long as this is hanging out there, it's going to be a cloud over us". "After further consideration, I have made a decision to launch a formal investigation into the alleged actions of Governor Greitens". Lawmakers have reacted along a spectrum ranging from forgiveness to calls for Greitens' resignation, which he does not appear to be heeding. His campaign workers set up a politically-active nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors to attack lawmakers like Romine.

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DAVID BARKLAGE: When you have a lot of friends, they'll stand up for you and defend you. "In today's society, we can destroy people with just accusations", he said.

Roy Temple, the former state Democratic party chair, denied this, saying, "If my goal was to have inflicted political harm on the governor, I would have brought this information public before the election".

JOHN HANCOCK: If this is all there is and there is no other revelations that come out about this instance or certainly if there's no other women, then I do think he survives.

"So we're so early in this thing that who knows?" he added on Thursday. Before Wednesday, many national Republicans saw Greitens as a potential presidential or vice presidential candidate.

" 'A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage". Both Parson and Greitens are Republicans, but Parson sharply disagreed with Greitens' successful bid to halt state low-income housing tax credits.

"There are many in Missouri who stand behind you as governor", wrote another, "and support your family".

Parson is a strong supporter of the low-income housing tax credit, as he detailed during an episode of Politically Speaking that aired this week. See also: Eric Greitens Is in the Hot Seat.

Right now, the possibility of Parson becoming governor is hypothetical.

ERIC GREITENS: We promised the people of Missouri that we would fight for them.

"There is no elected official in the country who wants the FBI looking at their phone records and bank accounts", said Cramer, now a managing director of investigations at Berkeley Research Group "They can be investigated at the beginning for one thing and end up being charged (later on) with another thing entirely".

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