Greitens said in a statement that the video testimony "directly contradicted allegations in the House report" and that any allegations of "coercion, violence and assault" are "false". Let's call this what it is - a political witch hunt.
"This is not a witch hunt and the committee had no political agenda", Speaker Todd Richardson said. She favors immediate impeachment based on the woman's testimony of abusive treatment by Greitens. The woman also told lawmakers that Greitens blindfolded her, tore her shirt open, pulled her trousers down, took a photo without her consent, spat in her face and called her "a little whore".
"She answered, "... I haven't talked about it because I don't know if it's because I'm remembering it through a dream or I - I'm not sure, but yes, I feel like I saw it after that happened, but I haven't spoken about it because of that".
Greitens' attorneys insist that the affair was consensual. In the House report, there is a false allegation that I slapped the woman. "Eric, what in the heck?"
On Thursday, he specifically denied allegations of physical abuse that the woman presented under oath to the House committee and detailed in the panel's report, including her accounts of being slapped and coerced into sexual acts by Greitens. "But people are turning that personal mistake into a political spectacle and telling new lies about it".
The committee concluded that the woman was a credible witness.
Eric Greitens is pictured in this mugshot after his indictment.
The house investigation spanned more than 40 days.
MARSHALL GRIFFIN, BYLINE: On the night of January 10, just minutes after Eric Greitens delivered his annual State of the State address, a St. Louis TV station aired a story claiming that he had an extramarital affair with his hairdresser in 2015. No standards of evidence were used.
Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Committee, did not respond to requests for comment.
The office claims the accusations from the defense are an attempt to distract the court's and the public's attention from the merits of this case. The governor was indicted on invasion of privacy charges in February for taking photos of the woman without her consent and allegedly threatening to blackmail her. He also said he's going to tighten the rules on what's filed publicly so that we don't see anything that might not make it into the courtroom.
Greitens so far has rebuffed calls for him to resign.
Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty on Friday said Democrats will consider supporting a special session only if an investigative committee weighing impeachment begins work now and runs out of time.
The office of Missouri's other senator, Republican Roy Blunt, said in a statement that the allegations are "very concerning" but it didn't address the possibility of Greitens resigning, saying "both the legislative and legal processes that are underway are appropriate and should continue moving forward".
The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office said they conducted a two hour videotaped interview with the Missouri Governor's former mistress. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Rob Schaaf, Doug Libla and Gary Romine sent a letter to Trump asking him to tell Greitens that he needs to resign.
But Greitens shut down the resignation idea in his address.
"I'll stand by the speaker's statement", said Richard. This was a months-long consenting relationship between two adults. "Those allegations can be refuted with facts".
Other news reports state that that the woman's testimony came during a deposition that lasted for several hours.
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