The Latest: House panel to release Greitens report Wednesday
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens: (all times local):
A special legislative committee investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says it will release its report Wednesday.
A news release from the Missouri House says the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight is scheduled to release its findings at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The investigation is a potential precursor to impeachment proceedings.
The Republican governor is charged with felony invasion of privacy and awaits trial next month. He’s accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a woman with whom he had an affair while she was partially nude.
The woman says Greitens threatened to make the photo public if she ever revealed the affair that happened in 2015, before Greitens was elected.
A judge has issued a partial gag order for attorneys and witnesses in the criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison issued the order Tuesday in response to a request from Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Gardner expressed concern that Greitens’ attorneys were trying the case in the media.
The Republican governor is charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo without the consent of a woman he was having an affair with in 2015, before he was elected.
Burlison’s order does not prohibit attorneys from speaking about public information in the case, but prohibits comments related to deposition material, opinions about what witnesses might testify to and other speculative issues. The ruling also will require the judge to sign off on certain court filings before they’re made public.
The attorney for a woman who had an affair with Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is accusing his attorneys of a “smear campaign.”
Attorney Scott Simpson said in a phone interview Tuesday that the Greitens team wants to discredit the woman before she testifies at his criminal trial next month.
Greitens is charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo without the woman’s consent in 2015, before he was elected.
Defense attorneys said in a court filing Sunday that the woman, in a deposition, wasn’t sure whether she saw Greitens holding a phone during the encounter. But Simpson says Greitens told her he had a photo, and he threatened to distribute it if she spoke of the affair.
Simpson wants the full transcript of the woman’s deposition released.