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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Politically Speaking: Congresswoman Wagner on combatting sex trafficking — and her political future

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, a Republican from Ballwin
Ali Pardo/Wagner congressional office

On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio's Jo Mannies welcomes back U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner to the program.

The Ballwin Republican represents Missouri's 2nd Congressional District, which takes in parts of St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson Counties. She recently filed to run for another term earlier this week.

Wagner was eager to talk about the sex-trafficking bill that she’s been shepherding for years – and which made it through the U.S. House this week.  (The measure includes some Senate provisions championed by Democrat Claire McCaskill.)

Wagner is pleased that Senate GOP leaders are promising a quick vote on the final version and expects to see the measure on President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of March.

During the podcast, she also offered her candid observations on a number of topics, including:

  •    Her support for the two investigations — one by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and one by  state House Speaker Todd Richardson’s new investigative panel — focusing on Gov. Eric Greitens.
  •    Her commitment to running for re-election, and why she won’t revisit her decision to pass on a Senate bid.
  •    Her improved relationship with Trump, who she had not supported during the early days of 2016 (Wagner had been a backer of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.)
  •    Her belief that the federal tax cuts could improve the GOP’s prospects for this fall’s elections. Wagner predicts an unusually high turnout, because she believes conservatives are just as energized as progressives.

Follow Jo Mannies on Twitter: @jmannies

Follow Ann Wagner on Twitter: @AnnLWagner

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