Greitens lawyer says prosecutor declined meeting

February 23, 2018 - 1:37 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The attorney for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says the governor wanted to meet with the prosecutor prior to his indictment but she refused.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced Thursday that the Republican had been indicted on one felony count of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleges Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent during their affair in March 2015.

Greitens admitted having an affair but says he committed no crime.

Greitens' attorney, Edward L. Dowd Jr., says Greitens was willing to meet with Gardner but she declined the offer.

The prosecutor's spokeswoman, Susan Ryan, says Greitens' legal team requested a "secret" meeting involving only attorneys to share what they called the "human" side of Greitens' story. Ryan says no new information or facts were being offered, so Gardner deemed the meeting unnecessary.

The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Greitens amounts to a "political hit job" by a Democratic prosecutor.

The party's executive director, Sam Cooper, says the invasion of privacy law Greitens is accused of violating has never been prosecuted in this way in the past. He says: "Missourians should see this for what it is, a political hit job."

Cooper notes that Gardner received more than $200,000 from groups tied to George Soros, a prolific Democratic donor. The donations occurred in her 2016 campaign.

He says the party looks forward to an investigation being done by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers.

Dowd sent a letter to the committee members on Thursday, saying they "welcome" the investigation.

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