Greitens report released from MO House special investigative committee

MISSOURI (KFVS/AP) - The Missouri House special investigative committee released its report on Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday, April 11.

You can read part of the report, be advised it may contain inappropriate material that is not suitable for young audiences. You can click here to read it.

The report was on the investigation launched after Greitens was indicted by a grand jury in February on felony invasion of privacy stemming from a 2015 extramarital affair with his St. Louis hairdresser.

Statement from Eric Greitens on Aprl 12:

We told you yesterday afternoon that the House report would be incomplete. It was.

We told people that they needed to see all the evidence. And now, we have proof that Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her team hid evidence from the people of Missouri and from the Missouri House of Representatives—evidence that undermined the narrative pushed in the House report. 

Kim Gardner hid a video that she knew directly contradicted allegations in the House report, and she allowed her lead investigator to lie about it, under oath.

Just last night—as false stories were being pushed to press—the prosecutor turned over a videotape of her interview with the woman. This was evidence that the prosecutor was legally required to turn over months ago. She purposefully kept it hidden until one hour after the false report was released.

The House report contained explosive, hurtful allegations of coercion, violence, and assault. They are false. Those allegations can be refuted with facts. Despite the Circuit Attorney's attempts to keep it from the people of Missouri, we have video evidence that contains some of those facts.

In the video, the woman talks for almost two hours, and never once mentions any coercion. In the House report, there is a false allegation that I slapped the woman. That allegation had been made once before, and it was disproven. The story changed, so I will say again: it did not happen. On this new video, she says that when this story broke in the media, she asked her two friends if they ever remembered her talking about a slap, and they both said "No." The witness claimed to the House that she was coerced into sexual activity on the morning of March 21st. This is inconsistent with her statements in the video interview with the Circuit Attorney.

The report that was put out last night did not contain this evidence, and the allegations in that report will refuted by facts, including this video, depositions, discovery, and other evidence that will be subjected to the rigors of a courtroom analysis. In 32 days, a court of law and a jury of my peers will let every person in Missouri know the truth and prove my innocence.

The woman testified that Greitens initiated unwanted sexual contact and slapped, grabbed and shoved her. She testified that during their first sexual encounter, Greitens threatened to distribute a partially nude photo taken without her permission if she spoke of the affair.

Statement of Eric Greitens on April 11:

This was an entirely consensual relationship, and any allegation of violence or sexual assault is false. This was a months-long consenting relationship between two adults.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson released the following statement on April 11 regarding the report:

"With the recent events that have distracted our great state, I want to say with all sincerity that it is time to unite and put aside our differences. Over the course of several months, it has been a trying time for many people. My heart goes out to the families involved. However, all Missourians must continue to stay focused on the task at hand – moving Missouri forward. We owe it to ourselves and generations to come."

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill released the following statement on April 11 on the Missouri House of Representatives investigation into Governor Eric Greitens:

"I have read the official report from the Republican led Missouri House investigation, including the sworn testimony. It is clearly time to put the interests of the people of Missouri first. The Governor should resign."

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement on April 11 regarding the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight Report issued:

"The House Investigative Committee's Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately."

The committee that investigated Greitens said it was disappointed the governor declined to testify.

Susan Ryan, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, said there were no restrictions from the circuit court prohibiting Greitens from testifying before the House committee.

Governor Eric Greitens spoke on Wednesday before the special legislative committee released the report.

He made the statement from his Capitol office.

Greitens called the report a "witch hunt" and said it would include "lies and falsehoods."

Local residents weighed in on the case against the governor.

Some believe that he is guilty and should step down, "It's a situation that it's gotten bad enough that he needs to resign and let us get on with the government of the state."

And others believe he's innocent until proven otherwise, "well I just think it's too early to ask somebody to step down if he's not guilty and so I think they should wait until the case has ended."

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