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Politically Speaking: With one trial out of view, Greitens turns attention to impeachment fight

Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement outside the Circuit Court building. May 14, 2018
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Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement Monday outside the Circuit Court building in downtown St. Louis.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann and Jo Mannies detail a dramatic week in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ legal and political saga.

This was supposed to be the first week of Gov. Eric Greitens’ trial for felony invasion of privacy. But as jury selection trudged along at a glacial pace, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office shocked many observers by dropping the case.

It’s possible that another prosecutor ends up taking up the matter. Still, the news provided a reprieve from the chaos that’s engulfed the beleaguered governor. He says the legal experience left him “humbled” and “a changed man.”

But Greitens still faces another felony charge for obtaining a donor list from The Mission Continues charity. And impeachment is becoming more and more of a possibility in the Missouri House.

Among the topics discussed on the show:

  • What it would take for Gardner to refile the invasion of privacy case.
  • Part of an interview Rosenbaum conducted with Catherine Hanaway, a former Greitens rival who is now a member of the governor’s legal team.
  • Greitens’ contention that his woes were spurred by backers of low-income housing tax credits.
  • Whether the developments in a St. Louis courtroom affect impeachment proceedings.

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Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Music: “The Downward Spiral” by Nine Inch Nails and “Burden in My Hand” by Soundgarden

Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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