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Missouri Republican state reps call on Gov. Greitens to resign

Missouri Republican state reps call on Gov. Greitens to resign”

Earlier Tuesday, as lawmakers started trickling back into the Missouri Capitol to return to work, it became evident that a small group of Republican lawmakers had joined calls for Greitens to resign.

Hours after delivering that State of the State Address, Greitens admitted to a 2015 extramarital affair. Marsha Haefner and Kathie Conway also had issued calls for the governor to step down, expressing doubts that he would be able to govern effectively in light of the controversy enveloping him.

Haefner said in her statement that many lawmakers now do not trust or support Greitens.

Haefner believes the governor is no longer fit to hold Missouri's highest office.

The story of Governor Eric Greitens' infidelity doesn't seem to be going away.

The calls for Greitens to step down came as the Missouri Legislature was set to reconvene Tuesday.

The tour, which was scheduled to kick off Tuesday, would have been Greitens' first public appearance since the scandal broke late last Wednesday. Greitens has denied the blackmail allegations. He released another prepared statement Tuesday asking for forgiveness. At least one of them said his resignation is necessary for the state to move on.

The attorney, Lucinda Luetkemeyer, told the newspaper that she did not know at the time of the call whether the story related to the governor's personal life or official duties, but that she subsequently referred the matter to Greitens' private counsel, Jim Bennett.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced a criminal investigation on Thursday, citing "serious allegations" against Greitens, 43, a former Navy SEAL officer who defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the November 2016 gubernatorial race.

Several other St. Louis media outlets, including Fox 4's sister station Fox 2, also had the recording, but chose not to release it because the woman refused to comment.

There would be no privacy that can be realistically offered when the governor of a state is under investigation. "If he hopes to survive a second, he needs to begin practicing them now".

Before I was elected Governor, I made a mistake. "If he is unable to do so, Missourians will be justified in questioning whether he can continue in office". I made a mistake, I regret it, and Sheena and I have dealt with it between us. I assure you that this personal mistake will not deter us from the mission we were sent here to do. We will take our state in a new and better direction.



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