Friday, January 12, 2018

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is under criminal investigation, as allegations of assault and blackmail swirl around his admitted extramarital affair

Eric Greitens
Eric Greitens, Missouri's "Navy Seal" Republican governor, is under criminal investigation over revelations about an extramarital affair that now includes possible elements of blackmail and assault.

When St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced her investigation on Thursday, it apparently was to focus on allegations that Greitens took a partially nude photograph of his mistress and used it to blackmail her into silence. But Greitens allegedly also slapped the woman, according to a report today from CBS News, and that could add assault to the criminal investigation. From the CBS report:

Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is under investigation Friday morning following new accusations of assault and blackmail he says are false. Gov. Greitens admitted to cheating on his wife with an unnamed woman, after the woman's now ex-husband exposed the alleged sexual affair.

He is now being accused of slapping the unnamed woman with whom he had the affair, reports CBS News' Dean Reynolds. Greitens spent his Thursday in damage control trying to rally support. But now, with an official state investigation, some Republicans are asking for clarity.

"With these allegations hanging out there, we need to get to the bottom of it," said Missouri state Sen. Doug Libla.

Republican lawmakers in Missouri want answers, which is why there is now an active criminal investigation into Gov. Greiten's alleged conduct, including an admitted affair with his former hairdresser and accusations of blackmail and assault.

The CBS report adds considerable detail to perhaps the most disturbing encounter between Greitens and his mistress, who had also been his hair stylist:

Recordings obtained by CBS News appear to show the unidentified woman detailing her alleged encounter with Gov. Greitens to her now ex-husband. 
"I knew he was being sexual and I still let him. And he used some sort of tape, I don't know what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me," the unnamed woman in the recording said. "He stepped back and I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said you're never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere….He tried kissing my stomach and tried to kiss me down there but didn't quite get there because I flipped out and I said you need to stop."

Gov. Greitens' attorney says the story is a hit piece driven by former Democratic state party chairman Roy Temple.

"If my goal was to have inflicted political harm on the governor, I would have brought this information public before the election," Temple said.

An attorney for the woman's ex husband provided details about what prompted Greitens to slap her:

Attorney Albert Watkins, who represents the ex-husband of the woman involved in the affair, alleges Gov. Greitens assaulted her.

"When she admitted that she'd had sexual relations with her husband during a period of reconciliation, that the governor slapped her," Watkins said.

Watkins claims Gov. Greitens first made physical contact with the unnamed woman in the hospital while Greitens' wife was delivering one of his children. Greitens' attorney denies any allegation of violence, and says the governor is confident he will be cleared in the investigation.


Anonymous said...

Greitens is T-O-A-S-T.

Anonymous said...

That assault thingy is not going to play real well with the Joanne Q. Public.

You gone, Greitens!

Anonymous said...

Not that slapping a woman ever is a good move, but I'd say Greitens might have picked the worst time in history to have this allegation hit the surface. So long, Dude.

Anonymous said...

Breaking News: Trump tries to lend Greitens a hand by announcing that he had sex with a porn star and paid her to stay silent.

Anonymous said...

Thank God this POS turned into a Republican. He had been a Dem.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Rebilican Jeebus has forgiven Greitens?


How about Jim Bakkker?

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhh . . . he tried to kiss her "down there," and she "flipped out."

Nice move, "Luv Guv" Greitens. Too bad it didn't work out the way it's supposed to.

Anonymous said...

LS --

What is it about the Repug governors in the states where you live? They either become boob squeezers or "down there kissers." What's up with that?

legalschnauzer said...

Gosh, I guess I just have that effect on Repugs. Can't explain it. Don't forget the Repug federal judges: They become "Bad Puppy Schlong Show-ers."

Anonymous said...

I'm betting another mistress comes forward on Greitens in 10-12 days. This story is moving fast. Bet Greitens winds up making Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein look good.

Anonymous said...

Get this: Greitens slapped her when she told him she'd "had relations" with her husband during a reconciliation effort.

Classy move, Luv Guv, classy move.

Anonymous said...

When stuff started coming out about Trump, wasn't there talk that forcible kissing and p-grabbing could be construed as assault?

Anonymous said...

Alabama nuke deal? Sessions?

legalschnauzer said...

@10:24 --

This could be very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Here is the key paragraph, for other readers:

Also of interest is that this Alex Copson was also trying to do a big deal for nuclear plants in Alabama.… using the Russia/US consortium, and as far as I can figure like a training ground for the Saudi Arabia project. He specifically mentions that the two then Senators from Alabama (although he didn’t mention Shelby or Sessions by name) could work with the “new administration’ to move the project along.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is Part 1 of 2016 article at

A proposal submitted at auction to TVA for the unfinished nuclear plant in north Alabama outlines a U.S./Russian partnership that would build more than three dozen nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

That proposal also calls for massive financial investment in Jackson County for the completion of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant. That includes consideration of the area for a $5 billion heavy equipment manufacturing facility.

"Our proposal is entirely different and worth a lot more money to (TVA)," said Alex Copson, managing director for ACU Strategic Partners, the group that submitted the proposal.

TVA has put Bellefonte up for auction - at a minimum of $36.4 million -- and announced last week it received multiple bids in September. The final stage of the auction, with bids submitted by those previously qualified bidders.

The only other confirmed bidder for the plant is Nevada-based Phoenix Energy, which said in September it had submitted a bid for the plant with plans to use the facility as the base for a new, non-nuclear generation method.

The proposal from ACU tosses out giant financial numbers, including more than $20 billion in capital costs at the Bellefonte site over the first 10 years of the project. It also promised total exports of more than $300 billion related to the Middle East nuclear plants over the first 40 years of the project.

With multiple bidders, TVA sets auction for Bellefonte

legalschnauzer said...

Part 2 --

ACU also said in the proposal it does not wish to purchase the plant. Instead, it proposes that "TVA transfer Bellefonte to ACU for an equity position in the super consortium" that would build the reactors in the Middle East. ACU said it would provide TVA with a one-time partner fee of $500 million for joining the consortium and supporting activities to move to the second phase of the Middle East project.

The first phase - which would be funded by sources being pursued in the Middle East, the proposal said -- would be for TVA to support completion of Bellefonte. In the second phase, TVA would receive fees up to $1 billion annually as part of the consortium - assuming funding is available, the proposal said.

The deal with TVA is contingent upon ACU's ability to secure funding for the project, the proposal said.

Once the two reactors at Bellefonte are completed, Copson said the plant would serve as a training center for the Middle East construction project.

"Completion of Bellefonte 1 & 2 is very important to the U.S./Russian collaboration to stabilize the Middle East through nuclear power," Copson said. "It's a very good training vehicle to complete those reactors."

TVA has declined to comment on the bidders during the auction process.

"Due to the competitive nature of the process all bids are confidential," the public utility said in a statement to on Monday. "We cannot discuss specific bidders or submitted bids."

Copson said a U.S./Russian partnership - working together to provide dependable energy to the region - would help stabilize the Middle East.

legalschnauzer said...

Part 3

In an interview with, Copson repeatedly said "Alabama's two senators" could help pull the project together, though he never mentioned Sens. Richard Shelby or Jeff Sessions by name.

"Alabama senators can help the next (presidential) administration move this project forward," Copson said.

ACU Strategic Partners, based in Washington D.C., does not appear to have a website. describes ACU as a "holding company for development of nuclear energy."

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that ACU was leading an international consortium to build as many as 40 nuclear reactors in the Middle East. The report said former members of the Obama administration were skeptical about the project.

Copson was critical of President Obama during the interview with, saying that the nuclear deal struck last year with Iran was "unnecessary" and could ultimately further unsettle the Middle East.

e. a. f. said...

at this point the American public has more to worry about than the affairs of their politicians. There are the poverty issues, lack of health care, education and schools need funding. Then there is the infrastructure which needs work along with affordable housing and help for the opioid crisis. Oh, the governor is failing in these areas also, dump him. It would appear the former mistresses husband has a lot to say right now. wonder what prompted that? There is always the issue of a persons cheating on their spouse has bad judgement and if that bad judgement spills over into their job, well the state is screwed and not even kissed. In a country where so many politicians run on "family values" you'd wonder why they cheat and then go into politics. A lot of other countries don't have politician's running on "family values" and no one cares about their sex lives. Just have a look at the French Presidents of the past.