Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail allegations

Greitens left walks with President Donald Trump as they arrive in Springfield Mo. Wednesday Aug. 30 2017

Greitens left walks with President Donald Trump as they arrive in Springfield Mo. Wednesday Aug. 30 2017

Attorney General Josh Hawley's office said it would defer to local prosecutors, as required by state law. The affair allegedly took place in 2015.

Investigative reporter Lauren Trager of KMOV in St. Louis obtained the tape.

Republican lawmakers applauded as Greitens called for tax cuts, but most Democrats sat silently.

"It is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders", she said. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner on Thursday announced into the allegations against Greitens.

On Thursday evening, Kimberly M. Gardner, the circuit attorney for the city of St. Louis, released a statement saying that she has made a decision to launch a formal investigation into the allegations against Governor Greitens. They did not address the blackmail allegation, but their attorney, James F. Bennett, did.

Responding to a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual address to the legislature, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday night acknowledged that he's been "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet. By 10:30 a.m., much of the state Capitol was empty.

She says every woman in the General Assembly should "rise up and do the right thing". But her ex-husband, who also was not named, provided the audio recording to KMOV.

The New York Times reported upon Greiten's admission, which included his assessment of the affair as a "personal mistake". "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately".

He thanked "God's mercy" for helping his wife Sheena forgive him.

"We understand that there will be some people who will not forgive, " the statement concluded.

An additional statement from Sheena Greitens said: "We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God".

"The governor has now seen the TV report that ran tonight".

A lawyer for the governor, however, told the station that broke the report that it "contained multiple false allegations" and should not need the involvement of law enforcement. The claim that this almost three-year-old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false.

"There was no blackmail and that claim is false".

Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, said the governor was "very confident he will be cleared in any investigation. The outrageous claims of improper contact regarding these nearly three-year-ago events are a lie".

Eric Greitens, the 43-year-old governor of Missouri, confirmed he had cheated before he was elected to office in 2016.

Greitens was elected governor in 2016, besting Democrat Chris Koster. "I'm a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father".

Thursday morning, legislators demurred in the halls, generally devoting their on-the-record comments to the weather.

The lawyer for the ex-husband said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted him several times since October 2016 about the affair.

One of the few exceptions was state Sen. He taught public service at the University of Missouri and was an adjunct professor of business ethics at Washington University in St. Louis. It's unclear where Greitens' wife or children were at this time. The Bible quote we have in mind for the governor to contemplate during his current predicament is from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 26, verse 52: "Live by the sword, die by the sword".

He can now expect Democratic opponents to join his name with that of failed Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore or the former Speaker of the Kentucky House Jeff Hoover, who recently resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Redmon believes the governor should be completely transparent about the incident in question. It never happened. There was never any violence.