Thursday, January 11, 2018

Eric Greitens, Missouri's "Navy Seal" Republican governor, admits to an extramarital affair, as blackmail allegation hangs over his national political aspirations


Eric and Sheena Greitens
(From stltoday.com)
Missouri's Republican governor, who reportedly has national political aspirations, admitted to an extramarital affair last night as news reports broke on the subject.

How bad could this get for Eric Greitens, who rose to high office mainly because his bio includes a stint as a Navy Seal? Well, the admitted affair likely will stick a fork in any "pro family" credentials he might have had. And the affair story includes allegations of blackmail that could prove especially troubling for Greitens.

Greitens and his wife issued a joint statement last night after a St. Louis television station aired a segment about the affair, with the city's major newspaper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) about to follow suit. From a report at stltoday.com:

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his wife, Sheena Greitens, issued an extraordinary statement late Wednesday acknowledging that he had an extramarital affair in the past and that the couple “has dealt with this together honestly and privately.”

The statement came as a St. Louis television station aired a segment alleging that, during that affair, Greitens took a compromising photograph of the woman and threatened to publicize it if she exposed him. The statement from Greitens and his wife didn’t address that part of the allegation.

Greitens’ attorney, James F. Bennett, issued a statement denying the blackmail allegation.

“There was no blackmail, and that claim is false,” Bennett said. “This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false.”

Is the blackmail claim false? There seems to be quite a bit of doubt about that. From stltoday.com:

KMOV (Channel 4), in its report, quoted the former husband of the woman who allegedly had the affair with Greitens. The station did not quote the woman in its story, nor did it name the woman or her husband.

The station played portions of an audio recording that the then-husband says he made in March 2015, surreptitiously, of his then-wife confessing to a sexual encounter with Greitens days earlier.

The Post-Dispatch also has possession of the audio and has interviewed the ex-husband. The newspaper had previously decided against writing a story based solely on the husband and the audio recording, because the woman in question has consistently declined to be interviewed. However, Greitens’ public acknowledgment of an affair made it necessary to revisit that decision.

“You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere,” Greitens told the woman, she claims on the audio. She is heard telling her then-husband that Greitens made the statement after he took a photo while she was bound, blindfolded and partly undressed during a sexual encounter at Greitens’ St. Louis home in March 2015. That was about a month after his first public statements confirming he was considering a political run.

The affair has its roots at a hair salon:

The ex-husband said the woman had been Greitens’ hair stylist before he ran for governor in 2016. The woman claims in the audio recording that initial flirtation grew into an affair that became physically intimate for the first time on the morning of March 21, 2015, when she went to Greitens’ home in the Central West End.

The woman claims in the audio that they went into Greitens’ basement, where he bound her to a piece of exercise equipment with some kind of tape, put a blindfold on her and began partly undressing her and touching her.

That part of the encounter was consensual, she indicates in the audio, but the alleged taking of the photograph wasn’t. She said in the audio that she wasn’t aware he was doing it until she saw a flash of light through the blindfold, followed by his alleged verbal threat.

During most of 2015, as the alleged affair was under way, Greitens was publicly discussing his plans to get into politics. He confirmed his interest in running for an unspecified statewide office in a written statement given to the media in February 2015 — less than a month before the alleged sexual blackmail episode took place.

On Oct. 20, 2015 — three weeks after Greitens filed papers formally starting his 2016 campaign for governor — the woman sent an email to an account that contains Greitens’ name. It’s the same email account Greitens listed in setting up a political website he used in his gubernatorial campaign.

“Eric, I’m asking you to please consider all who are involved and the circumstances around us,” the woman wrote in the email, which the Post-Dispatch obtained. “I need you to not book at the salon anymore. This isn’t fair to me, nor anyone close to us. Please respect me and my wishes. I need to move forward in my life as I know you are doing as well. Take care.”

The woman’s ex-husband, in statements to the Post-Dispatch in the past two weeks, laid blame for the collapse of his marriage largely on Greitens.

“Throughout that summer … the power of manipulation that Mr. Greitens had over my wife had become undeniable,” he said in the written statements, which were provided through his attorney, Albert Watkins. “Yes, the affair between (his wife) and Mr. Greitens was the main reason for the irreparability of our marriage.”

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

FTR he was still a Democrat at the time of the affair.

Anonymous said...

Whew, @6:33, sounds like you already are trying to disown Missouri's luv guv.

Anonymous said...

Greitens looks like that guy on the wedding cake. That, plus his status as an ex Navy Seal, is about all he's got going for him.

Anonymous said...

Down goes Frazier . . . down goes Frazier!

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should leave politics to the professionals.

Anonymous said...

How does being a Navy Seal qualify you for being a governor? I don't get that one.

Anonymous said...

So, Greitens was a party changer. Glad to see him get spanked -- although he might like spanking.

Anonymous said...

Hmm . . . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch sat on the story so long that they got beat on it. Were they being cautious journalists or GOP protectors? I'm guessing the latter.

Anonymous said...

Greitens is a sick puppy.

Anonymous said...

Will the folks who called for Al Franken to step down be demanding that Greitens resign?

Anonymous said...

i don't think he needs to resign unless its proven that he was trying to use that picture for extortion purposes. That is the difference with Franken - there were pictures. Although, i still think he should not have resigned (i'm a Lib). Loving ones family and screwing up and cheating outside of a marriage are not mutually exclusive. Both parties and society in general have long done it. Now, if he has used extramarital affairs against opponents then he should resign - others i dont care what people do in their private lives

Anonymous said...

Boy, Luv Guvs everywhere! You've got your work cut out for you, LS.

Possible gaydar signature observed awaiting additional sweeps for a better sitrep said...

Does else notice the governor's use of a "hair stylist" rather than a barber?

Thomas S. Bean said...


Check out a google search on South Dakota and Gene Abdallah, SD Legislator harassing a female ACLU lobbyist...followed her into a bathroom stall and asked to watch her take a piss? Then denied it all and went on the attack claiming the crime victim was divorced because she couldn't take care of her family?

Abdallah isn't registered as a sex offendor, and won't be charged by the way: Republicans, cops, first responders, Gov stooges, and ex military....all have "favored son" status and don't have to follow laws or take the punishment from marsupial tough guy Judges like Larry Long (tied to my fact pattern) and Mark Barnett (the internet stalker).

All it takes to expose former cops-ex military who transitioned into public service as civilian legislative officers...is a few drinks in a Pierre, SD, bar(capital city for SD) when the local hot dogs (SD's Legislature) are meeting to carve up natural resources.

SD is last in just about everything except corrupt Judges famous only because it's marsupial courts are so cronyistically corrupt (Janklow got a 100 sentence in county, while others with no previous record of recklessness got 7 years in state pen for negligent homicide using a vehicle?)

The corruption by tough guy Republican public servants in SD....is taken right out of the Dixie Mafia moving into law enforcement down south (Alabama). A lowlife named Don "tough guy" Srstka (aka "the suckerfish of hope") was an Ass. SD AG who aided and abetted conspiracies to obstruct justice when he subverted my SD Med Bd complaint against two lowlife punks named Dr Chad Carda (SD Nat Guard) and Dr. Jennifer Burger. Both doctors were dedicated to negligent criminal reporting of x ray results to prevent my Fifth Amendment Due Process Right to a course of medical care.

I sought that right to x ray and remove the RFID mind control Verichip surgically inserted in my skull by FBI special agent and counterinteligence punk Steven Pluta.

This breakin and drugging and surgery occurred shortly after I sent a thick DOJ OIG Complaint to special agents Van Lanker and Monte Casson at Dallas, and Denver OIG.

That complaint exposed and alleged the infamous warrantless wiretapping: somehow Thomas Tamm heard whispers and taked to Risen and as you know, NYTIMES waited a year.

Hint: the real news doesn't get printed when FBI overreaches with bogus assertions that every crime by FBI is a mere classified Nat Sec issue.

Thomas S. Bean said...

Now you know why FBI-DEA and state-city-county cops prefer to hide behind contractors (local retired cops, reserve deputy Sheriff's, retired Military, families of cops, first responders, Military) protected under "state secrets-classified programs" which is also part of DOJ's Community Policing Programs (vigilante justice by idiots breaking into cars, homes, offices who also steal personal items?) Note: not sure if compartmentalization keeps US Attorneys in the dark about "classified info" being used by mere civilians who hide behind "community policing".

The advantages of colluding and protecting a civilian front for surveillance crimes, includes:

--1) Don't have to follow DOJ Guidelines requiring minimization, reporting crimes committed by task force members including crimes committed by informants, weirdos, convicts, lowlifes, vigilantes, community watch group morons. Don't need warrants with a time line limitation. Candor to a tribunal and prosecutors is compartmentalized and subverted.

Note: what is "parallel construction" by DEA, and what fed conspiracies to violate what fed crimes are routinely committed by fed agencies?


--2) Discovery Orders by Judges after charges can be subverted secretly by cops resorting to a rationalization: that the contract illegal protected warrantless surveillance is protected by "state secrets". The dissemination of tainted info is never flagged as such so law enforcement can pretend the info came from a good solid concerned citizen NOT using electronics to run their own secret Shadow Police Surveillance.

--3) DOJ under the Guidelines were supposed to review all investigations-surveillance that lasted longer than a year. With contractors, stalking-harassment goes on for decades.;


--4) Secret, contract, civilian surveillance can collude with cops-feds to engage in a pattern and practise of illegal and Unconstitutional practises like:

----a) "stiffing the call" (the surveillance calls the cops to make arrests);

----b) "tickling the wire" (the surveillance assaults the target to create irate inflammatory communications picked up on tape or social media);

----c) and, use of "the hand off method" (the illegal disemmination of tainted info prohibited by Title 18 USC section 2517, and state wiretapping laws).

These tactics all subvert due process notice requirements of all defendants targeted by our flag sucking, good solid citizens armed with military technology.

Thomas S. Bean said...

It's a dismal tide of "Win At All Costs"......not just one thing.

A history and arrogance and subversion of the marsupial courts who literally have no interest in studying, knowing, or trying to police their courtrooms.

When local Judge Peter Gregory got tipped by me that "FBI had exculpatory info from the FBI's coerced cooperation and polygraph of DR. Mark Gordon", he started asking questions and blew his stack at Sioux FAlls SD FBI. Day's later he resigned in a puddle of his own fear, sweat, and piss.

They got to him.

Just like FBI-ONI got to the local ACLU atty I had sent an email to (with this info):day's later, I read about his arrest for domestic violence.

They got to him because I wanted to litigate my factual issues.

Was the secret classified mind control program (remote neural monitoring, Entrapment, Torture) using illegal and Unconstitutional technology?

Is that what DOJ's Community Policing is weaponized with: Entrapment techniques?

Targeting a local Judge who found out that FBI's JFLTTF withheld exculpatory evidence: that's how the cops-feds-NSA contractors police the community?

Does tainted info from NSA contractors get disseminated to law enforcement who make arrests while pretending "they are only using citizen generated info" with no investigation of that source (who must have violated state and fed criminal codes).

Violating State and Fed Criminal Codes prohibiting dissemination of info seems to be protected by a cabal of lying, scheming lowlifes known as "Judges-Prosecutors-Cops-Feds".

Delivering classified info from classified programs to people with "no need to know" and no security clearance, is a serious fed crime that is routinely ignored by lying scumbags like Brad Seiler-Brendon Johnson-Marty Jackley-Stephen Mullins-Michelle Tapken-James McMahon (all SD US Attorneys in Sioux Falls, SD, during the course of my thirty year harassment campaign).

What is Doxxing?

Where does that personal info come from, and is it part of a classified secret program that target's witnesses like me?

Posting extraneous details of a target's personal life (including mere private thoughts) at an online public forum.....was silently sanctioned by both Brad Seiler (SD US Atty, held over from Obama's admin) and Marty Jackley (SD AG running for Governor against Kristi Noem tied to Ivanka Trump and Jared).

Note: The real news rarely get's published...but when it does, elephants scurry for cover as mice have already left the building.