Greitens, ‘Witness 1’ Push to Clear Names; Missouri Legislature Debates Impeachment Proceedings
Faced with calls for his resignation from many of his fellow Republicans in the Missouri Legislature and the beginning of impeachment proceedings — even though the most serious charge against him has been dropped — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is not only refusing to walk away, he’s fighting back.
So is the woman at the center of a sex scandal that engulfed Greitens in February. Although Missouri and national media have not released her name, the woman said she felt she had to come forward.
“I’m in the middle of the most difficult, crazy fight that I didn’t ask to be a part of,” the woman told KSDK-TV.
The woman is known only in court documents and transcripts from a state House committee investigating the case as “Witness 1” or “K.S.”
As Greitens’ TV ad campaign began, the woman said she doesn’t want anything from the governor. She just wants to move on with her life.
“I have no ill intentions other than not being made to be a liar. I’m not lying," she said. "This is hard, it was hard at that time and it's hard to talk about now. I'm not lying. That's it. I want to heal.”
Greitens launched a $185,000 TV ad campaign Wednesday to take his case to the voters. The Kansas City Star reported the ad flight was scheduled to run through early June in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Joplin.
The ad blames the sex scandal and felony charges facing Greitens on “fake news.”
”Don’t let the liberals get away with it,” the ad’s narrator says.
"Court documents prove the fake news paid thousands for allegations against Greitens, a liberal St. Louis prosecutor funded by George Soros pressed charges and Democrat leadership orchestrated the false attacks,” the ad’s narrator also says.
Roy Temple, a former Missouri Democratic Party chair, told the Kansas City Star Greitens’ TV ad was “desperate, deceptive and despicable.”
“In other words, it’s 100 percent consistent with the Greitens’ brand,” Temple said.
As PJM reported, Greitens admitted having an extramarital affair with a woman before he became governor. She accused him of taking a partially nude photo of her and threatening to post the picture on the internet if she told anyone about their affair.
The photo and alleged threat prompted the felony invasion of privacy charge. But St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner dropped plans to prosecute that charge because she expected the defense team to call her as a witness.
However, the invasion of privacy charge could be re-filed by a special prosecutor who was appointed after Gardner’s surprise announcement May 14.
Even if that charge is not re-filed, Missouri lawmakers could still vote to impeach Greitens solely on the testimony of the woman involved in the case. A House committee appointed to investigate the case found her testimony credible.