Missouri governor admits affair, denies blackmailing woman

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

Missouri governor admits affair, denies blackmailing woman

Greitens has received mixed reviews in as governor.

"I was caught off guard like everyone else last night", said Missouri Representative Craig Redmon, 4th District.

Meanwhile, lawmakers across the state are reacting to the allegations.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledges he was "unfaithful" in his marriage but denies allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet. "It was a deeply personal mistake". "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately".

Grietens, 43, has been seen as a rising star in GOP political circles. During the campaign, he cast himself as an outsider going up against a career politician, the state's Democratic attorney general. As long ago as 2009, he reserved the web address EricGreitensForPresident.com, and recently made a trip to Iowa - site of the first presidential caucus - to deliver speeches and meet with party activists.

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Although the governor admitted late Wednesday to being "unfaithful" in his marriage, he strongly denied any accusation of violence or blackmail through his attorney, James Bennett. During his campaign announcement, he stated: "I'm Eric Greitens, I'm a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father".

According to KMOV, the tape exhibited a dialogue between the ex-husband and the woman, in which she admitted the affair. The woman did not know her then-husband was recording their conversation. The Missouri Attorney General is investigating the Greitens administration's use of an app that automatically deletes text messages immediately after they have been read. At that time, Greitens had formed a committee to explore running for Missouri governor, but he had not officially declared his candidacy. And she's telling her husband.

"People accused of these egregious acts do not get to waive off the scrutiny of law enforcement simply because they are in a position of power", Senate Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh and Assistant Minority Floor Leader Senate Kiki Curls said in a joint statement. "And he used some sort of tape, I don't know what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me".

She said she felt drawn to talk to him. A bipartisan group of Missouri state senators also to investigate the governor.

Greitens said tax changes will be done in a way that's "fiscally sound, maintains our state's triple-A credit rating, and does not burden our children with debt".

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The governor released a series of statements to the media.

Because of how fresh the report is, it's unclear how serious the consequences, if there are any, will be for Greitens.

The newspaper did not say how it obtained the email.

The woman met Greitens because she cut his hair. "So I think we're going to move forward from this".

"There was no blackmail, and that claim is false", Bennett said in a statement, according to the Post-Dispatch. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, who posted a comment on Twitter Thursday calling for Greitens to resign. "After further consideration, I have chose to launch an investigation into the alleged actions of Governor Greitens".

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Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, said the governor was "very confident he will be cleared in any investigation". This is and remains an nearly three-year-old private matter with no matter of public interest at stake. "The facts will prove that fully". Ever. Like I said, nothing, period, had ever happened or taken place until this snowball. Much of her research focuses on China and North Korea. The governor was married once before and divorced in 2003.

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