Walker: Greitens 'disgraced' position of governor, should resign

Walker has described the indictment as "tragic for the state of Missouri." (KTVO File)

News broke Thursday that Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of Invasion of Privacy.

In January, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner began an investigation after Greitens admitted to having an affair with his hairdresser while campaigning for governor. He was also accused of taking a compromising photo of the woman without her permission; however, Greitens continues to deny those allegations.

Late Thursday, he posted to his Facebook page saying, "I made a personal mistake before I was governor. I did not commit a crime."

Greitens went on to say this moment will not "deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri."

But, a number of state lawmakers, including Republican State Representative Nate Walker of Kirksville, have previously called on Greitens to resign.

On his Facebook page Friday, Walker described the indictment as "tragic for the state of Missouri," and he once again asked for the governor to step down.

"By his own actions, Governor Greitens has disgraced the trust of the position of Governor and should resign," Walker said.

Walker also told KTVO over the phone Thursday that he would call on the Missouri General Assembly and Speaker of the House Todd Richardson to begin a formal investigation. Shortly after, a joint statement from the House Speaker, Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and Floor Leader Rob Vescovo was released, announcing such an investigation:

"We will carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward. The people of Missouri deserve no less. We will begin the process of tasking a group of legislators to investigate these serious charges."

Friday afternoon, Governor Greitens' personal attorney, Edward Dowd, released the following in response:

"We welcome reviewing this issue with the independent, bipartisan committee of the Missouri House of Representatives. For 40 years as an attorney for the public and private litigants, I have never seen anything like this. The charges are unfounded and baseless. The Governor is absolutely innocent. Not only is he presumed innocent - he is innocent. The Circuit Attorney's investigation is completely unusual.
This statute has never been used like this in Missouri history. In unprecendented fashion, the Circuit Attorney circumvented the local police force and hired her own investigators. We attempted to meet with the Circuit Attorney and make the Governor available to discuss the issues. They refused. They proceeded to file an indictment that has no facts.
We will work with the committee. We will be deposing witnesses and will be happy to share information with you with the Court's permission."

This is a developing story. KTVO will update this article as more information becomes available.

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