SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (2/23/2018) Missouri Governor Eric Grietens is now facing felony charges of invasion of privacy after he was taken into custody and booked Thursday afternoon for allegations dating back to a 2015 extramarital affair. The governor allegedly took a photo of his former mistress partially nude and threatened to make the picture public if she exposed their relationship.
The indictment has brought forward calls for Greitens' resignation from across the state, however he insists he is innocent and claims this is the result of a reckless and liberal prosecutor.
"These charges against the governor are baseless and unfounded. Eric is absolutely innocent of these charges and we will be filing a motion to dismiss," said Edward Dowd Jr., Greitens' Attorney.
The governor is also stating that he will fight the charges, and he has since stepped down from his position on the executive committee of the Republican Governors Association.
"Governor Greitens may recognize it's very difficult to do a political job when you have an indictment hanging over your head. He understands there is a gravity to the situation," said political analyst, Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, PhD.
The Missouri Republican Party has announced their support for Greitens, saying this is nothing more than a political hit job. However Attorney General Josh Hawley states this is a serious matter, and that there is no place for party or partnership.
"To call this a political hit is really to not understand the ramifications of what happens if he does in fact get convicted, if he does in fact step down and has to resign, if he does get impeached and convicted and if he's not, this will go away," said Dudash-Buskirk.
The process to impeach Greitens could now be moving forward as soon as Monday, as a vote could be held in the Missouri House to decide whether or not an investigation into the charges is necessary.
However, as of now, the governor says he has no intention of handing over his resignation.
Greitens is scheduled to appear in court on March 16th where he says he looks forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action. He has also announced his cooperation with the investigation, stating this will not deter his from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri.