In a freakish bit of narrative jiu jitsu, the party somehow has laid the blame at the feet of billionaire, and bogeyman to the alt-right, George Soros.
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.
The Missouri Republican Party says the indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens amounts to a "political hit job" by a Democratic prosecutor. He had been a Democrat, who then changed to become a Republican.
Greitens, as a refresher, is alleged to have slapped Gardner after love making and blackmailed her by threatening to release a nude photo if she went public with the affair, with the latter acting as the impetus for his arrest.
He has also faced criticism from some educators and lawmakers for working to pack the State Board of Education with members who would fire the education commissioner, as the governor wanted.
A spokeswoman for the National Governors Association tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Greitens has informed the organization he won't be attending the group's weekend meeting in Washington.
During his campaign, Greitens portrayed himself as a family man, saying in his announcement: "I'm a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father".
She said on the tape that Greitens "taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me", took a photo of her partially nude and warned her to remain silent.More news: Oxfam Faces Crisis of Confidence Following Misconduct Allegations
The governor was taken into custody by law enforcement and was booked at the St. Louis Justice Center. Any impeachment proceedings would need to start in the Missouri House.
The indictment alleges that Greitens "knowingly photographed (the woman) in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent of (the woman) and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer". He is due back in court March 16, before Circuit Judge Rex Burlison.
The Missouri House is launching an investigation into allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens used a naked picture to threaten blackmail against a woman with whom he carried out a 2015 affair.
Shortly after Greitens was booked and released on a written promise to appear Thursday afternoon, his attorney was planning to file a motion to dismiss the charges levied by the grand jury.
An indictment released Thursday charges the Republican governor with felony invasion of privacy.
Subsequent to the indictment, House Republican leaders announced they are forming a group of lawmakers to investigate the charges "and answer the question as to whether or not the Governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward". The people of Missouri deserve no less.
While Dowd is working on Greitens' behalf, his law firm has hired Clout Public Affairs as a consultant.
Rowden says Greitens should step down for the "sake of our state".
Greitens' campaign for governor had access to the donor list for The Mission Continues, a veterans' charity he founded, and raised $2 million from individuals and entities that had given the charity significant contributions.