Blackmail case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens dismissed by prosecutors

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"I think this is probably the most important vote that they're ever going to take in their political life or even their personal life", said State Representative Kathie Conway, a Republican from suburban St. Louis. They accused them of perjury and withholding evidence on April 12.

"What we do in a special session is totally divorced from what happens in a criminal case in St. Louis city", said Rep. Kathie Conway, a Republican who was among the first to call on Greitens to resign after his affair became public.

Dowd also said Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and Tisaby met in secret, then refused to testify about it, which he said was against the law.

Defense lawyers representing Greitens said in court Monday they were told by the circuit attorney's office Friday that they had sifted through about 16,000 photos during a forensic examination of his phone and information from the cloud, but that they did not have the photo.

Prosecutors said they will make a decision later on whether to seek a special prosecutor or appoint someone to continue pursuing the case. The defense argued that Gardner was aware that one of her investigators had committed perjury and mishandled key aspects of their investigation.

Judge Burlison ultimately sanctioned prosecutors for failing to promptly turn over to the defense relevant evidence, like the video and 11 pages of notes Tisaby took while interviewing the woman's friend.

A Gardner spokeswoman says a decision will be made later on how to proceed.

Barnes said the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight is now reviewing the documents it's received so far.

Legal experts say it's not usual for jury selection to move slowly in high-profile cases.

Greitens has previously admitted that he had an affair with his hair stylist, but has denied past allegations that he tied the woman up with her consent, photographed her without her consent, and threatened to release the photo if she disclosed the affair.

The House investigation could eventually lead to impeachment proceedings against Greitens but is separate from his criminal trial underway this week in St. Louis on an invasion-of-privacy charge.

Greitens also is charged with a felony of computer tampering for allegedly using a veterans' charity donor list to raise funds for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens no longer faces a felony charge stemming from an affair, but a legislative committee is pushing forward with its own investigation into the Republican governor.

The House investigatory panel amped up its probe into Greitens on Tuesday.

A lawyer for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says prosecutors have stopped looking for the photo in connection with his felony invasion of privacy trial, a contention a prosecutor did not dispute in court. Attorneys for the governor's office are bracing for an impeachment defense, pre-emptively suggesting that lawmakers treat their hearings like a trial that allows them to call and question witnesses.

Ronald Sullivan, the prosecution's special prosecutor did not dispute the claim when asked for a response by Burlison.

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