Greitens "Confident" He'll Be Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Investigation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the Knesset with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

"As the scandal around Governor Eric Greitens" infidelity and alleged blackmail swirls into a maelstrom, some state lawmakers are already calling for resignation.

The New York Times reported upon Greiten's admission, which included his assessment of the affair as a "personal mistake". "Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately", the statement said. His campaign capitalized on his military service as a Navy SEAL and his work as founder of a veterans' charity, casting himself as an outsider going up against a career politician, the state's Democratic attorney general. "This was a consensual relationship that lasted multiple months and was years ago before Eric was elected Governor".

Eric Greitens has admitted to an extramarital affair and been accused of blackmailing his lover. Greitens and his wife released a statement acknowledging the affair but, he denies some of the more salacious allegations made by the woman's ex-husband, including blackmail.

The recording is a conversation between the woman and her ex-husband, who secretly recorded the conversation as he pushed her to confess to the affair.

She also said, "as hard it is not just to want to drop in and say, 'Throw him out.' I don't want to do that". Whether she considers herself a victim is unknown. "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".

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She added that Greitens later apologized and told her he deleted the photo, according to reports.

On Greitens, Schupp, who is also Jewish, said, "I think unfortunately because he is Jewish, this is going to reflect poorly on the Jewish people, and I hope people understand that the governor does not represent all Jewish people".

KMBC 9 News reached out to Attorney General Josh Hawley's office to see if he'll consider launching a blackmail investigation, but so far we've received no answer.

"The seriousness of this allegation and the implications it will have on the integrity of our state government are deeply disturbing", said the letter, written by state Senator Doug Libla.

Greitens' statement with his wife, Sheena, didn't address the affair specifically or the allegations, but in a separate statement Greitens' attorney, Jim Bennett, said, "There was no blackmail and that claim is false".

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The Legislature adjourned Thursday for the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. She didn't address Democratic Party calls for her to return the contributions that Greitens helped her raise.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the email was sent October 20, 2015, three weeks after Greitens filed papers formally starting his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

The lawyer for the ex-husband said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted him several times since October 2016 about the affair. According to a transcript of the recording, she said Greitens later apologized and told her that he'd erased the photo.

The FBI's St. Louis office did not immediately respond TPM's request for comment.

Bennett denied that authorities are involved. The claim that this almost three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false.

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced Thursday that her office will be investigating the allegations. Much of her research focuses on China and North Korea.

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