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Tonight, as the Missouri’s State of the State debate was going on, a bombshell report expelled by St. Louis CBS associate KMOV reported that Missouri’s Republican (and ex-Democrat) Governor Eric Greitens had an extramarital event in 2015 with a lady and tried to extort her to keep the confront dark from open believe before to his 2016 run for Governor.
This is from a man who preached about the significance of “family values” while on the campaign route and during his time as the state’s Governor.
He won his party’s primary by beating several big poohbahs in the Missouri GOP (Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway, John Brunner) and ultimately the general by defeating the adored Democrat (and former Republican) Chris Koster in the Show-Me State’s big pro-Trump call in 2016 that led to a statewide brush of the offices and a slight hold of the Senate seat.
Lauren Trager and John O’Sullivan at KMOV:
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night reliable to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an acknowledgment a months-long News 4 review prompted.
In a recording obtained by News 4, a lady says she had a passionate confront with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he tried to extort her to keep the confront quiet.
The sum were supposing to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the passionate attribute happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in Mar 2015. News 4 is not fixing the lady and she has not done an on-the-record criticism about the story.
According to the ex-husband, the recording was done just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first passionate encounter. And also that Greitens took a sketch during the confront to use as “blackmail” according to the ex-husband.
During his campaign and while portion in his first year in bureau as Missouri’s Governor, Eric Greitens has billed himself a family man. During his campaign announcement, he stated: “I’m Eric Greitens, I’m a Navy SEAL, local Missourian and many importantly, a unapproachable husband and father.”
Will Schmidt at Springfield News-Leader:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens certified to having an extramarital event with a lady before holding office, St. Louis TV hire KMOV reported Wednesday.
The accusations were published a year and a day after Greitens was inaugurated and reduction an hour before the Republican administrator was scheduled to broach his second state-of-the-state address.
Kevin McDermott at STLToday.com:
JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his wife, Sheena Greitens, released an unusual matter late Wednesday acknowledging that he had an extramarital event in the past and that the couple “has dealt with this together overtly and privately.”
The matter came as a St. Louis radio stationed aired a segment alleging that, during that affair, Greitens took a compromising sketch of the lady and threatened to ventilate it if she unprotected him. The matter from Greitens and his wife didn’t residence that partial of the allegation.[...]
In its report, KMOV (Channel 4) quoted the former husband of the lady who purportedly had an event with Greitens. The hire did not quote the lady in its story, nor did it name the lady or her husband.
Jason Hancock at The Kansas City Star:
JEFFERSON CITY : Gov. Eric Greitens has certified he had an extramarital event in 2015, during a time when he was exploring a campaign for governor.
The affair was first reported by St. Louis CBS associate KMOV. They interviewed the ex-husband of Greitens’ mistress, who secretly available his then-wife admissing the event to him before they divorced in 2016.
He incited the fasten over to the TV station.
In the audio recording she accuses the administrator of holding a bare photo of her to extort her into silence. She pronounced Greitens after pronounced he deleted the photo.
Statements from Eric and Sheena Greitens, via Eli Yokley’s Twitter (@eyokley):
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens released a corner matter with his wife, Sheena, around a counsel tonight after reports of infidelity before he became governor.
Quite a kicker: “I wish the media and those who wish to peddle news to stay divided from me and my children.” #MOLeg pic.twitter.com/XCRGFJFiX2
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) Jan 11, 2018
Dave Catanese’s Twitter (@davecatanese):
The woman, whose temperament is secluded by @KMOV says Greitens “taped my hands to these rings and put a blindfold on me” during their passionate encounter.
Then she alleges Greitens threatened her, observant “You’re never going to discuss my name, differently there will be pictures”
— David Catanese (@davecatanese) Jan 11, 2018
This is nonetheless some-more explanation that Missouri done a grave mistake in the 2016 gubernatorial election. Hopefully sexual assaulter Greitens resigns, or gets thrown out of Jefferson City in 2020 at the list box, if he doesn’t renounce before then!
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 · 12:37:56 AM EST · JGibson
Even some-more Greitens creepiness coming out, via CNBC’s Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie)’s Twitter:
Creepiest quote from the Greitens’ story: When Gov Greitens tells this blindfolded, tied up lady that she’ll stay quiet, or else. “He said, ‘you’re never going to discuss my name, differently there will be pictures of [you] everywhere.’”
Seems doubtful this was his first outing. https://t.co/tmYVKYnsRn
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) Jan 11, 2018
Response from Gov. Greitens’ counsel James E. Bennett, via Wake Up To Politics publisher Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics):
NEW: Greitens profession James F. Bennett responds to extort explain against Missouri administrator in statement: “There was no extort and that explain is false.” pic.twitter.com/3GHneDka3Z
— Gabe Fleisher (@WakeUp2Politics) Jan 11, 2018
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 · 3:20:31 AM EST · JGibson
More from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which had audio of Greitens formerly embargoed:
Greitens’ attorney, James F. Bennett, released a matter denying the extort allegation.
“There was no blackmail, and that explain is false,” Bennett said. “This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens secretly years ago when it happened. The vast claims of crude control per these almost three-year-ago events are false.”[...]
KMOV (Channel 4), in its report, quoted the former husband of the lady who allegedly had the event with Greitens. The hire did not quote the lady in its story, nor did it name the lady or her husband.
The hire played portions of an audio recording that the then-husband says he done in Mar 2015, surreptitiously, of his then-wife admissing to a passionate confront with Greitens days earlier.
The Post-Dispatch also has possession of the audio and has interviewed the ex-husband. The journal had formerly motionless against essay a story formed only on the husband and the audio recording, since the lady in doubt has consistently declined to be interviewed. However, Greitens’ open acknowledgment of an event done it required to revisit that decision.