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The motion says any activity Greitens engaged in was "consensual".

Albert S. Watkins and the law firm of Kodner Watkins, LC represent the former husband of the woman with whom Governor Greitens has admitted having an affair.

"It's absolutely necessary if the Circuit Attorney wants to get a guilty verdict, her testimony is absolutely necessary, her cooperation is absolutely necessary", Flint said. He says he looks forward using legal remedies to reverse the action.

The Missouri Republican Party has announced their support for Greitens, saying this is nothing more than a political hit job. They include Bruce Buwalda, the chair of the St. Louis County Republican Party. On the tape, the woman said Greitens photographed her blindfolded and with her hands bound and said he would publicize the photo if she ever spoke about their relationship.

On Thursday, Greitens canceled a planned appearance at this weekend's Republican Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., and stepped down from the group's executive committee.

Subsequent to the indictment, House Republican leaders announced they are forming a group of lawmakers to investigate the charges "and answer the question as to whether or not the Governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward".

The House has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings against a governor.

According to the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, 274 felony invasion-of-privacy counts have been filed in 36 counties and the city of St. Louis after 2003. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Gov. Greitens and his family", Bennecke said in the statement, The Hill reported.

Taking a picture of a person "without their knowledge or consent" can be a misdemeanor or felony.

The Missouri Republican Party issued a statement of similar sentiment, pointing to ideological differences being the driving force behind the indictment.

Meanwhile, News 4 has asked for interviews with attorneys for both Greitens and the victim, but have not heard back. No further details about the hearing were released. Gardner came to politics after serving as a prosecutor in the circuit attorney's office under her predecessor, Jennifer Joyce, from 2005 to 2010.

Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph - who has long feuded with Greitens - tweeted on January 10, when Greitens first admitted to the affair: "Stick a fork in him". Some House members were circulating a petition calling for Greitens' resignation, but it was unclear who had signed. She said it "will be extremely hard for him to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head". Richardson had no immediate comment. He then transmitted the image in a way to allow it to be accessible by computer, the indictment said.

According to Greitens' indictment, the governor has been charged with violating Missouri State Statute 565.252, which prohibits individuals from from photographing or taping someone "in a state of full or partial nudity" without their consent and carries a special three-year statute of limitations, according to the circuit attorney's office. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded.