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Several Republicans call for Greitens to step down

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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)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Several Missouri Republicans have called for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign after he was indicted on a charge of invasion of privacy.

Greitens was indicted on Thursday. He is accused of knowingly photographing a woman in a “state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent” of the woman. The indictment adds that she had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

In a recording made by the woman’s then-husband, she says she had an affair with Greitens and that he took the photo of her and threatened to use it as blackmail if she ever spoke about the affair.

Greitens has admitted to the affair but has denied wrongdoing connected to it.

Leading Republicans in the statehouse have said a group of lawmakers will investigate the allegations, but some Republicans have also called on Greitens to step down.

Some Republicans that called for him to resign to January have re-intimated those calls.

State. Sen. Caleb Rowden from Columbia and State Rep. Kevin Corlew have also called for Greitens to resign.

"We have to make the right decisions whether we are Republican or Democrat," said Sen. Corlew.

Corlew admits he's in a tough spot and may be at the center of efforts that could remove Greitens from office. Any impeachment of Grietens would start with an investigation in the House, which Corlew is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The speaker of the House is allegedly lining up a committee of three to five members from both parties to conduct the probe. The committee would then decide whether to draft articles of impeachment for the full house.

If two-thirds of the committee vote yes, then the senate would take over with a trial to start the process of removal.

"The proceedings will be public like other committee meetings will," Sen. Corlew said. "If there are things that involve confidential information because of criminal investigation there may be some need to address those."

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