Greitens releases statement following 'disappointing and misguid -

Greitens releases statement following 'disappointing and misguided' indictment

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks during a service in Jefferson City, Mo., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks during a service in Jefferson City, Mo., Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

ST. LOUIS -- Following Governor Eric Greiten's statement calling his indictment politically motivated and 'misguided', the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office said politics is not a factor.

In a separate statement Friday, a spokesperson for Kim Gardner said:

"The job of Circuit Attorney is to examine the evidence and determine if those facts meets the elements of the crime defined by law. That is exactly what Kim Gardner has done. The facts and the Grand Jury’s decision to indict, speak for themselves.    
Ms. Gardner will not be playing political games during this process or litigate this case in the media. These personal attacks, while disappointing, will not distract her from her duty to serve justice and the citizens of this community.
Ms. Gardner has confidence in the law and the justice system to bring this matter to a fair and just resolution.  Both the Governor and the victim deserve their day in court.  

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens released a statement Thursday night, calling the decision to indict him on invasion of privacy charges politically motivated. 

As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime.

With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon.

The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points.

I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action.

This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri.

The Circuit Attorney's Office later responded with the following statement:

Despite the Governor’s personal attacks, the Circuit Attorney believes the courtroom is the appropriate place to argue the facts, not the media. Kim Gardner maintains her unwavering confidence in our system of justice to bring this matter to a fair and just resolution. 

The lawyers for Governor Greitens contacted the Circuit Attorney’s Office yesterday to meet for a “secret” meeting next week of counsel only. The Circuit Attorney asked if the Governor would be making a statement that is any different from his public statements.  His lawyers said they wanted to share the “human” side of his story.  The Circuit Attorney makes charging decisions based upon facts and evidence. Without additional facts and information from the Governor, the meeting was not necessary. 

It is not unusual for the Circuit Attorney to conduct an independent investigation. There are many examples over the previous 15 years where the Circuit Attorney conducted Grand Jury investigations without the use of the police department.

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