Eric Greitens

GOP Lawmakers Call on Greitens to Resign

“At least four Republican lawmakers are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens (R) to resign after allegations that he blackmailed a woman in an effort to keep her quiet about an extramarital affair,” the Kansas City Star reports.

“Greitens has admitted to the affair but has vehemently denied the allegations that in 2015 he took a nude photograph of a woman — while she was blindfolded and her hands were bound — and threatened to release it if she spoke about the affair.”

Greitens Stays In Hiding

Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) “has called off a statewide tour to promote a tax cut plan as he continues to face fallout from bombshell allegations that he threatened a former mistress with blackmail,” CNN reports.

“Greitens appears poised to remain out of the public eye this week, however, as the controversy continues to swirl.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor’s aides “would not reveal his whereabouts.”

Greitens Fights to Preserve His Political Career

“Five Republican lawmakers told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they received calls from the governor since the news of the affair broke Wednesday.”

“The phone calls underscore the lengths to which [Missouri Gov. Eric] Greitens, a Republican, is going to preserve his political career. In the past, Greitens has derided members of the Legislature, at one point comparing them to third-graders and calling them into Jefferson City for two special sessions last summer, which he called ‘summer school.’”

“Now, he is seeking their support as well as trying to shore up support among his donors.”

Missouri Governor Allegedly Slapped Ex-Lover

“The woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) in 2015 told her then-husband that Greitens slapped her against her will, after she told Greitens she had had sex with her husband,” TPM reports.

A lawyer for Greitens denied the claim.

According to the Washington Examiner, Greitens told campaign contributors during a conference call that he was committed to continuing in office.

Missouri Governor Admits Affair, Denies Blackmail

“Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) 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 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

“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 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.”

Prior to this report, Greitens, a 43-year-old former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, had been seen by many Republicans as an aspiring presidential candidate.