Kirsters Baish| More and more people are calling for the Missouri governor to resign after the testimony of one witness was made in front of a state legislative committee. The Daily Caller reported that an unidentified woman went in front of the House committee that was in the middle of an ongoing investigation into Republican Governor Eric Greitens. A report was released on Wednesday that detailed her allegations.
This woman’s testimony included detailed accounts of sexual assault as well as violent and non-consensual sex. It was also stated that there was an attempt to blackmail her into keeping quiet.
Western Journal reported:
In the first of two encounters she described in her testimony, the witness said she was left “uncontrollably crying” after Greitens forced her face to come in close proximity to his exposed penis.
The woman testified that she “didn’t feel necessarily able to leave without performing oral sex” on him, citing safety concerns.
She described another incident during which Greitens allegedly asked her an inappropriate sexual question and reacted violently when she told him that she had been with men other than her husband.
CNN reported that the woman claimed that he took photographs of her tied up and wearing a blindfold, posed in sexually suggestive positions. She alleged that Greitens threatened to release the photos if she said anything about the incident to anyone.
The witness testified that the governor told her, “You’re not going to mention my name. Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can. They are going to be everywhere.”
Governor Greitens has outright denied the claim of blackmail. He also called the House report further evidence of a “political witch hunt.” Multiple state and national leaders from both political parties have stated that the scandal has made it impossible for him to be an effective leader.
BREAKING: Missouri Republican Attorney General and US Senate candidate Josh Hawley calls on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 12, 2018
Greitens isn’t just facing felony charges of privacy invasion, but he is also the center of an entirely separate investigation into allegations that he misused a nonprofit donor list as a candidate for governor.
The Republican speaker of the Missouri House, Todd Richardson, made an announcement recently that he would be calling for a special session in order to move forward with the investigation of the governor.
Richardson stated, “This is not a witch hunt,” when responding to harsh criticism from Greitens and others.
Democrat and Floor Leader Gail Beatty claimed that the threshold for moving forward with impeachment proceedings against the governor has been met just from what the investigation has uncovered thus far.
There was even a former Republican lieutenant governor who added his name to those from Missouri who are pushing for him to step down from his position.
“With great sadness, I ask that Gov. Greitens resign his office or, failing that, I call on my friends in the House of Representatives to commence impeachment as provided in the Constitution,” Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder explained in a statement.