Greitens claims prosecutors hid evidence refuting sexual misconduct allegations

The Missouri House committee investigation into the allegations against Greitens also mentioned the dream comment, but stated in a footnote that the committee "includes these quotes in the absence of a full transcript from the deposition".

"I don't think we should let not one bill get to his desk and allow for him sign, because he shouldn't be there anyway", said Nasheed.

Other Republicans calling for Greitens' resignation include Joplin businessman and megadonor David Humphreys - who gave Greitens almost $1.3 million - and Attorney General Josh Hawley, a top challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. "They are false", Greitens said in his statement.

Meanwhile, Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley has opened an investigation into the Greitens campaign's use of a nonprofit donor list, an issue also being probed by the House committee and the St. Louis circuit attorney.

The committee's investigation of Greitens began after he was charged in St. Louis with a felony indictment of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of the woman while she was partially nude. He is to go to trial May 14.

The court has a standing order for this case that the Circuit Attorney's must be produced new evidence within 48 hours.

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In court Thursday, his attorneys asserted that the St. Louis prosecutors' office had engaged in misconduct and potentially perjury by initially saying that a video recorder had malfunctioned during a March interview of the woman.

Top Republicans joined a growing push to urge embattled GOP Gov. Eric Greitens to resign Thursday, after state lawmakers released an explosive report alleging he initiated unwanted sexual contact with a woman who worked as his hairdresser.

"We believe as much as anybody that victims need to be protected but this woman was not a victim", said defense attorney Jim Martin.

Eric Greitens is accusing St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of purposefully hiding evidence until after release of a legislative committee report that prompted widespread calls for his resignation.

The woman, whose name was concealed by the committee, said under oath that the governor staged and took a photo of her bound and blindfolded, and then threatened to release the photo, were she to disclose their encounter.

Gardner said in a court filing later Thursday that she supplied the video once her office determined it could be accessed.

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Hawley, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge McCaskill, said Greitens' conduct as outlined in the report "is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front". "I think what we have seen so far is grounds for impeachment". He switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 2015. "He ran as something different than everybody else, and Trump was more in some ways upfront about who he was". "He's characterized himself as a navy seal over and over again", Schaaf said. In the history of the state of Missouri, no governor has ever been impeached.

Greitens' attorney said they were kept in the dark about it and want the case thrown out.

Morris noted that the "witch hunt" metaphor dates to the 17th century, when numerous likely innocent people were accused by other residents of British colonies in the Americas of practicing witchcraft. "This is not a witch hunt", said the speaker. But he said Greitens' case doesn't cleanly fit that mold, because he's facing bipartisan criticism from lawmakers, including from some who had been among his early supporters.

She praised the "deliberate steps" taken by the Missouri General Assembly to respond to the allegations and said she was praying for the governor's wife, Sheena Greitens, their children and others who have been affected by the scandal.

The special House committee is to recommend after the legislative session ends May 18 whether to pursue impeachment.

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