Eric Greitens' Team Pushes For Inquiry Into Prosecutor Who Charged Him

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens listens to a question during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Jefferson City Mo. where discussed having an extramarital affair before taking office. Jury selection is taki

William Tisaby, the investigator who conducted that interview alongside Gardner, later appeared to lie to the defense about key aspects of how it transpired.

Prosecutor drops privacy invasion charge... The legislature is moving full steam ahead with a special session to debate Greitens' possible impeachment, which begins Friday evening.

The House leaders say the dropped case now means Greitens can testify before the House committee, which he so far has not done.

Greitens called the dismissal "a great victory" while his lawyer, Jim Bennett, said the charge was dismissed because there was no evidence in the case.

Her office said the decision was based, in part, on the Greitens team's plan to call her as a witness in the case. They accused them of perjury and withholding evidence on April 12. I am extraordinarily grateful for the tremendous patience and courage of friends, family, and people of faith, who have all recognized that in time comes the truth.

"Today, the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me", he wrote.

The surprise move came at the end of a third day of jury selection for the Republican governor's trial.

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. "As you observed in the proceedings, (Gardner) was never the active participant in the trial anyhow", Martin said.

Gardner's office has said the charge stemming from Greitens' 2015 extramarital affair be refiled by a special prosecutor or an assistant in her office. "The court's order places the Circuit Attorney in the impossible position of being a witness, subject to cross-examination within the offer of proof by her own subordinates".

Throughout the invasion of privacy case, Greitens' attorneys accused Tisaby, an ex-FBI agent, of lying under oath. If the House votes to impeach Greitens, the Senate then would appoint a judicial panel to preside over a trial on whether he should be removed from office.

Ryan did not immediately return TPM's request for comment on whether the computer tampering case, which legal experts have argued is much stronger, will also be assigned to a special prosecutor. Jurors aren't required to know nothing about the allegations against Greitens.

Greitens, 44, was charged with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking and transmitting a photo of an at least partially nude woman without her permission in March 2015, before he was elected governor. It made a decision to call Greitens' policy adviser Will Scharf as a witness and to subpoena information about a couple of obscure companies that contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Greitens' campaign. They dropped the charge Monday.

The Greitens legal team alleges that Tisaby committed perjury and they have been critical of how Gardner and her office have handled the investigation.

Committee Chairman Jay Barnes said Monday that the House had issued subpoenas for documents and testimony from Greitens' campaign committee, former campaign manager Austin Chambers and a secretive committee called "A New Missouri" that has supported Greitens' agenda.

An attorney for Tisaby said he is being labeled a "scapegoat". Prosecutors have acknowledged that they did not have the photo but left open the possibility that they would obtain it. The prosecution said they hoped the case would be re-filed and overseen by a special prosecutor, while Greitens' defense team said the case should be over. Under the relevant Missouri felony statute, they needed to prove that Greitens transmitted the nude photo in a way that would make it accessible via computer.

Judge Rex Burlison asked prosecutor Ronald Sullivan if he had a response to the defense's contention, and he said he did not.

Just as Governor Greitens did not want anyone to conclude that he was guilty if he refused to take the stand during the trial, Mr. Tisaby's reluctance to answer questions during his second deposition was merely due to the fact he had not been given the opportunity to review his previous deposition, which all witnesses are legally allowed to do. Opening arguments had been expected to begin Monday, May 14.

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