GOP group says Missouri governor stepping back

More lawmakers want Missouri governor to leave	 	 	 			Mugshot of Gov. Eric Greitens

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office announced the indictment Thursday afternoon. He says he'd vote for Greitens again, but that wouldn't be the case "if there were evidence of criminal wrongdoing or any factual evidence of abuse". Greitens admitted having an affair but denies committing a crime. "We will be filing a motion to dismiss".

"To call this a political hit is really to not understand the ramifications of what happens if he does in fact get convicted, if he does in fact step down and has to resign, if he does get impeached and convicted and if he's not, this will go away", said Dudash-Buskirk.

Gardner didn't respond, but her spokeswoman Susan Ryan said the prosecutor "will not be playing political games during this process".

But he also made missteps as a first-time candidate and then as a freshman governor, raising questions in particular about secrecy.

A handful of Republican lawmakers quickly called on Greitens to resign.

Mr. Greitens, a first-time politician, had clashed with Republican lawmakers since taking office in January 2017.

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor".

ABC 17 News asked the Missouri GOP if it can confirm that Greitens never received money from any Soros-related groups.

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"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", she said in a quote from St. Louis Public Radio. The governor, however, has vowed to fight the charges.

On July 26, Gardner's campaign reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission a $24,548.37 in-kind donation from the same federal campaign committee, a day after reporting a $25,738.86 contribution from that super PAC.

"The criminal justice system must be allowed to work", he said.

Billionaire and Democratic supporter George Soros has been touted as one of the most successful investors in the world. She is a Democrat. Claire McCaskill also began as an assistant prosecutor before winning election to the Missouri House and later being elected the Jackson County prosecutor.

He canceled plans to be in Washington this weekend for the National Governors Association annual meeting, and the Republican Governors Association said Greitens "no longer intends to serve" on its executive committee. On the tape, the woman said Greitens photographed her blindfolded and with her hands bound and said he would publicize the photo if she ever spoke about their relationship. He blindfolded her and undressed her before threatening, "You're never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere".

Greitens has repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman. He has declined to say whether he took a photo.

An indictment released Thursday charges the Republican governor with felony invasion of privacy. Greitens, a former boxer, martial arts expert, Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL Officer who was wounded in Iraq, promised to "bring out the big guns" in fighting his state's Democrats. Questions surround his appointments to the state board of education, the use of a secretive texting app and who's donating to the nonprofit, run by former campaign staffers, that advocates for his agenda. However Attorney General Josh Hawley states this is a serious matter, and that there is no place for party or partnership.

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