It's been a long road for Gov. Eric Greitens since news of his 2015 affair broke in January.

Initial reports of the affair — and allegations that Greitens took a photo to blackmail the woman involved — led to an indictment on felony invasion of privacy charges, various statements of both condemnation and support from state lawmakers and a secretive House investigation into the governor's actions and the allegations against him. 

And Wednesday afternoon, the gubernatorial turmoil came to a head when the Missouri House committee released its findings. Greitens gave a news conference ahead of the report's release, calling the investigation a "political witch hunt" several times and making it clear he would not resign.

Before Greitens' statement, Democrats in the Missouri House released a statement of their own, calling on the governor to resign "for the good of the state."

Later Wednesday evening, Attorney General Josh Hawley released a statement also calling on the governor to "resign immediately." 

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill also called for Greitens to resign after reading the House committee's report.

Rep. Kip Kendrick, a Democrat from Columbia, responded with a tweet calling Greitens "scum" after the governor's news conference. "I respect the office. I have zero respect for that guy," he added. 

Other state lawmakers, like Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed from St. Louis, expressed support for the governor's family. As for support for the governor himself, Nasheed tweeted earlier that he is "pathetic and delusional."

Some Missouri residents came to the governor's defense on social media. One from Independence supported letting Greitens "have his day in court," referring to the governor's upcoming criminal trial next month. 

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The House committee's report released at 5 p.m. Wednesday described detailed allegations of coercion and violence from the woman involved in the affair. 

After the release of the report, critics quickly called on Greitens to resign or for legislators to start the impeachment process. 

Supervising editor is Taylor Blatchford.

  • Education reporter for the Columbia Missourian. I am a senior studying journalism and political science. Got a tip? Reach me at nlcn74@mail.missouri.edu.

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