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10 01 2018

Jefferson City

Originally posted January 10, 2018, and frequently updated since then

The decline and fall of Governor Eric Greitens

Because of the gravity of the news, which will probably mean a flood of new details and developments, and the chances that this will drastically affect Missouri state politics, I have made this a “sticky” post.

Me, April 29, 2017:

Greitens buying in Innsbrook. 

Add this to the fact that he lives in Creve Coeur while his wife lives in the CWE, (and remember she was jacked close to where she lives back during her husband’s transition period), and I’m just waiting for all the gossip about the unconventionality of their marriage to break the blood-brain barrier.

What also helped fuel this gossip was that there was a lot of serious talk that, between the times of Greitens winning the election and being inaugurated, that Sheena Greitens would not be living in the Governor’s Mansion.

Guess what crossed over from the below ground to the above ground tonight, coinciding with the State of the State speech earlier this evening.

This isn’t quite that, but there’s always more time for more to come out.

We also will eventually find out how their buying in Innsbrook relates to the unconventionality of their marriage.

1/11

* The bit about the S&M nudie/blackmail isn’t going away so easily, if at all, and will be why Mike Parson should be measuring for drapes right about now.

* There’s now calls for Hawley to investigate.  Especially in this #MeToo climate, he’ll fire all four barrels at Greitens, especially if he thinks he needs to in order to beat Claire in November.

* Then, there’s this.  Though if one wants to think this diminishes the credibility, then why did they want whatever news outlet would run with it to time it to the State of the State?  What real political damage does that cause?

* Gardner is opening a probe.

* John Hancock claims that “party officials didn’t know about the story.”  They didn’t know about this particular story, but believe me, the less than conventional nature of the Greitens marriage has been talked about in the grapevines that Hancock is plugged into since he became a serious candidate.

1/12

* According to the ex-husband of the woman Greitens allegedly blackmailed, the FBI has interviewed both him and his ex-wife.  The FBI has not yet confirmed or refuted.

1/13

* The woman now says she didn’t want this to come out at all and that the ex-husband betrayed her trust by shopping this story to the local media.

1/16

* It is my sense, reading between the lines of the news and things that people are saying,  that Republican members of the General Assembly generally lean on the side of believing the blackmail accusation.

* Now, some of the above are going on record openly with resignation calls.

* It’s getting deeper.  First off, she has to be related to Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, but I can’t remember precisely how offhand.  Second, while it’s not proof that the blackmail accusation is true, I think it’s indicative of something.

* And deeper still. It all depends on what the FBI, and maybe the U.S. Attorney, and Kim Gardner, all think. I don’t think that the timing of this and now four General Assembly Republicans calling for his resignation is a coincidence.

1/22

* FBI’s St. Louis office confirms an open active investigation.

2/6

* The woman’s husband has been asked to testify to the St. Louis City grand jury, according to his lawyer.  Even though Gardner has not yet confirmed that there even is a grand jury.

2/20

* Greitens is beefing up his stable of lawyers, and, like this article speculates, I think he’s anticipating the impending need for criminal defense.

2/22

* Felony indictment, officially.  From the St. Louis City circuit.  Which made me write this post.

* P-D calls for resignation.  Of course they might be partisan and hypocritical, but you also see here why his political career is shot to hell.  Not so long ago, he has Presidential ambitions.

2/24

* The MSM articles in the aftermath of the indictment note that Greitens has always had an alienated and standoffish relationship with General Assembly Republicans, compared to the soon-to-be Governor Mike Parson, who is way more of a quintessential swamp creature.

This may lead you to ask me if I think that this is something of a dog patch deep state hit.  The reasons I highly doubt that the state Republican machinery is behind this are:  (1) I have not heard any gossip that they helped feed the initial allegations to Channel 4, (2) Greitens ideologically lined up with the General Assembly Republicans very well.

The only real rub is that Greitens did what he could during his first year and change as Governor unilaterally to drain the swamp, which had the net effect of making life a lot more boring for the Jefferson City political class.  I can attest to the fact that Jeff City really isn’t a hot or hopping town, and, without lobbyists around to pay for some parties and good times, at least not to the extent that they were before Eric Greitens rode into town, life for the political class in that town while they’re there has suddenly become borderline suicidally boring.

That would point to motive on their part, motive in engineering such a hit.  But I’m not grokking a paper trail or smoking guns.

3/15

The first major consequential news about this since the indictment, which probably does quite a bit of damage to Gardner’s case.

3/19

Greitens’s lawyers are opting for a bench trial, which means for some reason, they think they’re more likely to get a not guilty verdict from a judge as opposed to a 22nd circuit jury.

3/23

I highly doubt that he’s going to be able to get a restraining order just off the fact that Greitens is a retired Navy SEAL officer.  What this is really all about?  The second to last sentence gives it away.

3/26

It will be a jury trial and start in May.

4/9

“It was only just a dream.”

If the recording was a figment of her imagination, and did not exist, then it was physically impossible for Greitens to blackmail her with it.

And now, it looks like Gardner’s office hid this obviously exculpatory testimony from Greitens’s defense lawyers.

This thing has fallen apart.  I would imagine in the coming months, Gardner and her office will be in heap big trouble, with the blatant gross ethical violations.  It’s not like she’s got such a good friend in the state AG’s office.

4/10

Gardner gets a judge to issue a gag order, probably as a last ditch effort.

4/11

The General Assembly’s report dropped today.  This doesn’t move the needle at all, because it doesn’t prove the existence of a recording.  Remember, the pregnant matter here is blackmail-with-recording.  All the salacious stuff, we could have already guessed, based on Greitens’s own confession of the affair.

What this most likely does is mean that he can forget about higher office, and he will get a credible primary challenge for re-elect in 2020.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t seek re-elect.

4/12

The morning after:  It is moving the needle.  Mainly the allegations of borderline sexual assault.  Greitens’s antics in his preemptive presser have also caused him to lose what few friends he had in the General Assembly.  Also of curiosity is this five figure payoff to one of the witnesses.

While this report doesn’t make Gardner’s case any easier, it does make the chances that Eric Greitens will no longer be governor by the end of the year, either by hook (resignation) or crook (impeachment) all the more likely.

Talk of a self-called special session of the General Assembly, (which would be the first in state history, because, until now, governors have called all special sessions), which would start immediately after the end of the regular session next month, and for the purpose of beginning impeachment proceedings, has already started.  While this would be a PITA to a lot of legislators, because it will eat into their vacation time, it’s also an even-numbered year, which means it’s a campaign and election year for the General Assembly members that aren’t term limited out.

4/12

Also in the news today is that the video of Gardner’s deposition of the mistress, which was supposedly lost, has magically reappeared.

The irony of Greitensgate in recent days is that the criminal case against him is falling apart fast while the political case against him has taken very serious legs.

4/17

Past few days have not been profound, just a matter of Hawley and Greitens getting into a pie fight, and an otherwise private and as it turned out prescient letter that Peter Kindercare wrote about Greitens that was uncovered.

4/20

A new felony charge added today officially, over Greitens’s use of The Mission Continues donor lists in official campaign business.

Only his own hubris has prevented him from resigning.  I also think that this totally ruins his moral authority on the political issue of ethics reform.  Then again, once he’s gone and Mike Parson is governor, Parson being a system guy, ethics reform will be dead anyway.

4/23

This isn’t brand new news, this business about who the mystery bag man happens to be, which has been out there for a little while, and in fact, I mention it here in my 4/12 entry, has now become a BFD for the local and statewide media.  What’s new is that there were not one, but two, $50k bags dropped.

4/27

We will eventually find out who the bag man is, because the judge presiding over Greitens’s criminal case in St. Louis has ordered Al Watkins, who is the attorney for Greitens’s side piece’s ex-hubby, has been ordered to spill the beans in deposition.

Josh Hawley is this close to filing his own felony charges against Greitens in Cole County, over allegations of Greitens knowingly providing false information on campaign finance paperwork.

The General Assembly is getting close to the three-fourths needed for a self-imposed special session beginning immediately after the end of the regular session next month.

4/30

A supplemental report from the House committee investigating the whole matter was released today.  While this doesn’t make the chances of a conviction on the blackmail thing any more likely, I do think that, if Gardner’s office thinks this woman can be taken seriously, she’ll add on some charges.  And it makes impeachment all the more likely.

Also, we found out that the “bag man” source of one of the two $50k payouts was some dinky paper that covers state politics.

5/3

It’s official, they’ve got three-fourths in both chambers, so there will be a self-called special session that starts a half hour after the end of the regular session, later this month. First time in state history.

He’ll be impeached if he doesn’t quit, sure as Christ made apples.

5/7

About this warrant for Greitens’s gmail — One of two things or both are going on here, I think:  (1) Gardner is looking for some kind of obstruction evidence, as an add-on charge, and/or (2) She’s looking for a paper trail to prove that he either knew there was a video of the paramour or that he stated he took the video, as proof of the video’s existence, because as of present, there is no video and no proof of a video, and of course the blackmail charge depends on the video.

5/11

The day after jury selection began in the city, we have the results of the search of his gmail.  Zero images or videos of the mistress.  Need I remind you for the 87th time:  No video, no possible blackmail.

5/14

Late this afternoon, the case was dismissed, at Gardner’s request.  Though her office says she intends to re-file and use a special prosecutor.  I’m thinking that she called her office out on some conflict of interest issues relating to the ACAs that were going to prosecute the matter.  However, there will probably have to be a whole new jury selection.

Late update:  The reason was because the defense was going to call Gardner as a witness, so she thinks she can offload the case to a special prosecutor to keep that from happening.  For one, even if that happens, she still could be called as a witness.  For another, the statute of limitations may preclude re-filing charges at all, special prosecutor or not.

It’s like I’ve been saying for several weeks, the political case against Eric Greitens has been picking up steam, but the criminal case against him is losing steam.

5/15

Greitens’s defense team thinks that Gardner’s lead investigator engaged in perjury.

5/21

Gardner has not only walked back the “we’re gonna re-file” contention in recent days, but just today, Gardner recused the whole Circuit Attorney’s office from any further prosecution.  Which means that if any re-filing happens on the invasion/privacy charge, it will have to come from Hawley.

What’s interesting to me is how all of a sudden Gardner got so trigger shy when jury selection got underway (see 5/14), and has gotten even more so.  My guess is that she was saber-rattling hoping to get Greitens to plead out.  When he wouldn’t, she got afraid of either having to testify herself, or for her case on the blackmail thing to be shown to be empty.  Of course, without a video, there was never a blackmail case to begin with.

5/24

Today is the day that I think Eric Greitens is starting to turn it around.

I still think he’s a one-termer and that he’s won his last election.  But the criminal case against him has fallen apart, and, as far as I can tell, the worst allegation against him yielded from the House committee investigation is that he shoved his side chick around in a back alley in the CWE.  Impeachment of Missouri statewide elected officials is not straightforward, and not purely a legislative process.  It has already started, with the self-called special session.  But the more I see, the more I think that the system doesn’t have it in it formally to remove Greitens from the Governor’s office.

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11 01 2018
countenance

The nudie/blackmail element isn’t going to go away so easily, and probably not at all.

Governor Mike Parson gives the January 2019 State of the State.

11 01 2018
dk

Just as you posted this, i got multiple emails from the Greitens camp:

All,

We wanted you to see the statement below from Eric’s attorney on a new false story that actually revealed the motivation behind these lies:

Statement regarding most recent allegations – James F. Bennett

“We have been asked repeatedly by reputable news outlets why we believe this nearly three-year-old news story is coming out now. The latest reporting has finally disclosed that the reporting was being driven by a “source” who is the former Democrat state party chairman and who apparently has not spoken to the person in question. This goes a long way to explaining what is going on – this is a political hit piece.

This is and remains an almost three-year-old private matter with no matter of public interest at stake. Eric and Sheena have worked through those issues long ago and I think that Sheena put it best: ‘We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.’ Now we know who has been peddling that gossip.”

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eric Greitens
Date: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:58 PM
Subject: Important Statements

Team,
I wanted to share with you some statements that are important in light of news you may have seen.

Statement from James F. Bennett, our attorney

“The governor has now seen the TV report that ran tonight. The station declined to provide the tape or transcript in advance of running their story, which contained multiple false allegations. The claim that this nearly three-year old story has generated or should generate law enforcement interest is completely false. There was no “blackmail,” and that claim is false. This personal matter has been addressed by the Governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are a lie.”

Joint Statement from Sheena and I

“A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage. This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately. While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive – but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”

Additional Statement from Sheena Greitens

“We have a loving marriage and an awesome family; anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”

11 01 2018
countenance

As of this moment, I tend to believe the veracity. That could change.

I don’t give the “why now / why three years after the fact” defense much sauce because if this was actually false, the reasonable timing for letting it loose would have been September/October 2016. Remember, all those fluff phony accusations of Roy Moore came out after the primary but before the general. If anything, I think the timing of the accusation going public at such a time when it wouldn’t cause partisan political damage is probably a hint that it’s true. If it brings Greitens down now, it would only mean the Republican lieutenant governor becomes Governor, while if it would have come out in the fall of 2016, it probably would have ensured a Chris Koster win.

12 01 2018
Dale Gribble

The Governor must be a fan of House of Cards. Frank Underdwood and Zoe Barnes thought her nude pictures were security for the reporter’s continued access to his leaks

12 01 2018
countenance

When I was still in the lobbying game, if a new season of HOC dropped during the legislative session, there were quite a few binge watching parties around Jefferson City that were well attended by elected politicians, staffers, bureaucrats and lobbyists alike.

14 01 2018
Truth-hammer

What is it with jews and keeping it in their pants?

18 01 2018
Pangur

“What is it with jews and keeping it in their pants?”

Sex is to jews what drugs/alcohol are to the goyim: an often-irresistible temptation.

21 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

Eric Greitens is a Jew? I had no idea. Navy SEAL, governor, Lothario, probably a genius, too, to boot–the awesomeness of my tribe never fails to amaze me!

30 01 2018
Pangur

That makes two of us! You guys are everywhere:

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/eric-greitens

30 01 2018
countenance

That was the ironic denouement of Tony Messenger peddling the ZOMG GREAT ANTI SEMITIC WHISPER CAMPAIGN OF 2015 LOL~!!!!!1 paranoia after the suicide of (the one quarter Jewish and convert to Episcopalianism) Tom Schweich. It ended up with the Republican nominee for Governor and then Governor-Elect and now Governor being Jewish, actual true Jewish, both ethnically and religiously.

21 01 2018
Nicholas Stix

Blogmeister, regarding the timing, I feel really uncomfortable opining about the Show-Me State, and yet I am convinced that there is a national DPUSA conspiracy to get white GOP wives to switch parties, give The Party both houses of congress, and then impeach and remove OCGE, in the feminazi putsch of all putsches.

The last piece of evidence that convinced me of the feminazi putsch was the unwitting confession of a feminazi talking head roughly one month ago on MSNBC.

She said that Al Roker and John Conyers had to go, to give feminazi campaign to remove OCGE credibility. She then, with a straight face, called the GOP “cynical.”

22 01 2018
countenance

When the #MeToo hysteria hit, in fact, it was when my brain was still in something of a zombie state, my initial thoughts, in as much as I was able to think, was that this was all a manufactured PR diversion on behalf of Harv.

As far as this case, the fundamental problem isn’t the cheating, but the (potential) blackmail.

25 01 2018
Dale Gribble

How is this case any of Kim Gardner’s business? I thought Greitens lived i n Creve Coeur at the time, while his Potemkin house was in the City.

25 01 2018
countenance

Cole County Circuit Court is where judicial business relating to state government goes through, for obvious reasons. But, St. Louis City is in Missouri, so Gardner will probably use that as the jurisdiction hook.

8 02 2018
Dale Gribble

The Ex’s Attorney has connections to the Chamber of Commerce Tort Reform people; just a coincidence he’s on the case to bring down Greitey?

8 02 2018
countenance

That would be the last bunch that would want to bring down Greitens.

23 02 2018
Dale Gribble

Will the circuit attorney make him sit in the assignment court room every day with all the Bell Curvers when his case is ready for trial?

27 02 2018
His Next Job | Countenance Blog

[…] From what I’ve seen since the start of the current year, he is eminently qualified to be Governor. […]

25 03 2018
Thomas

I figured the case had no merit until I read the blogmeister’s thoughts on this. I’ve heard from many sources, including a current dem city pol and former prosecutor that Kim Gardner is insane and incompetent. I assumed this had no chance, especially after I saw who is on the defense team.

26 03 2018
countenance

Press my back to the wall on whether Greitens did the blackmail thing, and I say yes.

But, you’re right, Gardner is nowhere near the brightest bulb in the box. If it’s up to her and only her, then he has nothing to worry about.

But what if she sources the prosecution to Dierker? Remember, he’s in that orbit now.

28 03 2018
Hard Right

You know who’s likely to be on the jury. I think it’s bogus just from the way they’re railroading him.

14 04 2018
Hard Right

In court, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner revealed that her office does not have the picture in question, but they are trying to get it.

There’s no picture? Unbelievable.

Greitens’ prosecutor: ‘They don’t know what evidence I have’

They’re supposed to have all the evidence you have, you stupid nigger. This isn’t Cuba.

This is astounding. How can anyone that fucking retarded be allowed into a courtroom?

14 04 2018
countenance

Soros backed her, Lizz Brown loved her.

14 04 2018
Hard Right

Another stupid groid? We do we keep pretending like they’re human?

14 04 2018
Hard Right

Why, even….

21 04 2018
Hard Right

His lawyers probably advised him not to resign. Might make him look guilty. Remember who his jury is going to be….

4 05 2018
Hard Right

I’d like to know how much this “special session” is going to cost and how they plan on paying for it.

Impeachment ffor sure. They’ll probably get him on the donor list.

14 05 2018
Hard Right

Need I remind you for the 87th time: No video, no possible blackmail.

Ordinarily, that would be true, but you’re forgetting who’s going to be on that jury.

I wouldn’t be surprised if those niggers convicted him without any evidence.

15 05 2018
Hard Right

Gov. Eric Greitens’s Charge Is Dropped, for Now, in Missouri

In dropping the invasion-of-privacy charge, prosecutors cited the defense team’s decision to call the St. Louis circuit attorney, Kimberly Gardner, as a witness in the case. The lawyers for Mr. Greitens had accused Ms. Gardner of condoning misconduct and lying by an investigator on the case, and apparently intended to question her on those issues.

15 05 2018
Hard Right

I’ll bet the stupid monkey wanted to testify. That would’ve been hilarious. Being a nigger, she would’ve lied under oath. Wonder how they talked her out of it?

Guess we can cancel that special session and save the taxpayers a shitload of money. Right?

I’ll bet those assholes will vote to give themselves an extra salary for the time they spend on the special session.

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