Thursday, February 15, 2018

Investigators appear with questions at Missouri's capital city, apparently turning up the heat on Gov. Eric Greitens over his admitted extramarital affair


Eric and Sheena Greitens
Investigators visited Missouri's capital yesterday, posing questions to several lawmakers about Gov. Eric Greitens and his admitted extramarital affair. One lawmaker in Jefferson City said he was asked about issues that go beyond Greitens' affair with his former hair stylist.

Greitens, a one-time Navy SEAL who was seen as presidential timber before the affair went public, might be under increasing pressure as he tries to save his current job. From a report at stltoday.com:

Investigators working for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office were in Jefferson City on Wednesday, three state lawmakers said.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a Democrat, announced last month that her office would conduct a criminal investigation into claims Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, took a compromising photograph of his lover and threatened to release it if she spoke about the affair.

Greitens lived in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis at the time of his 2015 extramarital affair. He has acknowledged the affair but has denied allegations of possible blackmail.

The reason for the investigators’ visit was unclear.

Greitens has been acting in typical right-wing fashion, proposing a budget that would slash higher-education funding, while enhancing spending on road projects. But the visit from criminal investigators might bring the affair back into the public eye:

Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville, told the Post-Dispatch he had spoken with investigators Jack Foley and William Tisaby mid-afternoon Wednesday. Walker was an early backer of Greitens during the 2016 campaign but was among a handful of House Republicans who called for Greitens’ resignation last month.

“Yes, I did meet with them,” he said of the investigators.

Walker would not say what types of questions the investigators asked, but signaled the issues they were interested in went beyond revelations surrounding the extramarital affair.

“They’re looking into some things in the governor’s office,” he said. “They asked a lot of questions. … Good investigators investigate everything.”

Walker was not the only lawmaker facing queries about the governor:

Sens. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, also said investigators from the prosecutor’s office were in the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Two came to my office,” Chappelle-Nadal said from the Senate floor, adding that Foley was one of them.

“There are two that are in the building,” Schaaf added.

Schaaf, a frequent critic of Greitens, said he wanted to shed light on the ongoing investigation.

“If they are in the building talking to people … I thought I should get that into the public sphere,” Schaaf said.

How ugly could this get for the governor with the almost super-human bio? The answer is "very." How far and fast could he fall? The answer, again, could be "very":

Greitens has rejected the calls for his resignation that followed his public acknowledgment of the affair. The allegations of blackmail were made public by the ex-husband of the woman who had a relationship with Greitens.

The ex-husband released audio last month that he described as a secret recording he made of his then-wife telling him about the non-consensual photo and the threat.

Greitens has denied any criminal wrongdoing. But he has declined multiple times to say whether he took a photograph. At a news conference last week, Greitens said he wanted to move past the controversy.

“We’re ready to move forward,” he said.

Greitens might want to "move forward." But it appears the circuit attorney has other ideas.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Typical Republican. "Let's move forward from MY affair . . . but, hey, what about her emails?"

Anonymous said...

The big story with Greitens is not the affair; it's that he's a horrible governor. Even Republicans can't stomach him.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that investigators are asking non-affair questions. Wonder what that is about.

Anonymous said...

Eric Greitens, as he's being hauled from the Governor's Mansion in handcuffs: "But wait, I'm a Navy SEAL!"

Anonymous said...

More women will be coming forward. You can book that.

Anonymous said...

Today's lesson: Just because someone has an awesome biography, it doesn't mean he will be a good public official.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Greitens is about as dumb as "Luv Guv" Bentley in Alabama.

Anonymous said...

Greitens is all bio and no cattle.

Thomas S. Bean said...

I think this SEAL just got sunk.

He's toast with many woman voters.

He'll dodge and spin as his reputation twists in the wind, but...don't kid yourself this is a fatal blow.

He'd be smart to pull out...but won't.

SEALs fight on, no matter the odds. A different playing, political public life, then secret missions with fellow cult members.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see that Missouri governors are just as worthless as Alabama governors. Somehow, that comforts me.

legalschnauzer said...

The latest from the cast and crew aboard the Eliza Battle has been published at our 2/13 post re: Joseph Siegelman's run for AG. Here is a URL directly to the post and "EB" update:


https://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2018/02/joseph-siegelmans-run-for-attorney.html?showComment=1518718616601#c8140320114439386089


Below, in a new comment, I will published the latest from the E. Battle crew:

legalschnauzer said...

Anonymous said...
Aboard the Eliza Battle Coach and Jimmy had been awakened by the Hammering and sawing of John and Thomas Yancey. Coach was trying to awaken the General who was shouting in his sleep," No! Teddy - Heel Teddy Heel". Upon awakening, the General revealed the cause of his nightmare. The General began that his first task after graduating law school was to serve a writ of attachment in Lowndes Co Georgia. He continued saying that he had stopped at LuLu's Bar to get a quick drink to wash the dust from his throat, and considering the road he had been traveling was a dusty dirt road which put a lot of dust in his throat, he woke up in jail with Terrible Ted the wrestling Bear during bear mating season. The General continued that when he had seen Minda and Coach in the life boat, he got a flash back of his night in jail with a wrestling bear. Coach told the General that he need not have that night mare anymore. Jimmy asked Coach why not? Coach replied ,"Because we were not wrestling". Meanwhile the Captain had the crew assembled in the Galley for a War Briefing. The Crew was greeted by Emile Zola and Alfred Drefus wearing full battle gear consisting of flak jackets and helmets. The Captain began that a turn of events has caused the Eliza Battle to modify plan B. Bob Yancey inquired about the turn of events and the Captain replied that The Victoria with the Riley Machine aboard wanted to clear Mike's name using the Henderson prosecution, but Hart has subpoenaed 25 legislatures to investigate for campaign contributions which will prevent Mike from arguing selective prosecution. Sheldon asked the Captain about the large sum of money Mike could be paid to report to prison. The Captain replied that there was 14 million dollars left from the original bond issue but unless some one gets the bonds out of default, that money is not available to Mike. Ms Chapelle reminded the Captain that Mike still had the option to reveal the Bingo trial corruption. The Captain responded that the other 25 Subpoenas will jeopardize that plan. Mary Mac gasped and said" Captain, The Eliza Battle needs a plan." The Captain replied that Emile Zola planted the seeds for a plan in the comment's of Roger's Sept. 8 2016 post when Emile said that Mike needed to attach himself to someone's coattails similar to the seed of the plant called beggar lice. Mike will ride Trump's coat tails. The Captain continued that John and Thomas Yancey are building a landing craft for Emile and Alfred to deliver the Documentary " Atticus and the Architect' to the Washington press corps. Trump will tweet that Robert Mueller was the head of the FBI during the Siegelman prosecution and President Obama extended his ten year assignment two more years to lead the FBI during the McGregor and Hubbard prosecutions. Don Siegelman's son will be at the right place at the right time. Eliza Yancey entered the plan into the ship's log book as plan "E.B."

February 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM