Judge to rule on request to dismiss Greitens indictment

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Missouri's top Republican legislative leaders abandoned fellow GOP Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday, calling on him to resign instead of continuing to fight allegations that he illegally took advantage of both a charity he founded and a woman with whom he had an affair.

The judge will allow the alleged victim to be deposed again. The governor's jury trial remains set for May 14.

Burlison said he would allow defense attorneys to retake depositions and that he would consider monetary sanctions against Gardner.

They also allege that Gardner knew about the lies, and that her office has frequently withheld evidence from the defense team.

Burlison said it was "troubling" to him that prosecutors called sanctions "inappropriate" in a court filing Wednesday and described defense motions as "frivolous".

Greitens' attorneys have also argued that Tisaby has repeatedly lied to the court.

Rosenblum said that if Tisaby asserts his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in subsequent depositions, Greitens' lawyers want him to do it in a courtroom.

Lawyers on both sides declined to comment after the hearing.

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Prosecutors have said they made a mistake in relying on Tisaby but that it didn't warrant dismissing the case.

Prosecutors have denied the perjury claim, but admitted "lapses" and "mis-steps" in their own court motion opposing the dismissal. Burlison said he might throw the case out in the event of further violations, but only if there is "irreparable" unfairness toward the defendant, Greitens.

Cohen is also wrapped up in a suit brought by adult film star Stormy Daniels, and pursuing the libel case "could have [made it] hard for Cohen to convince that judge to put Daniels' case on hold while Cohen continued to press civil suits in other federal courts", Politico writes.

The tape, defense attorneys claim, includes information that could benefit Greitens. She is to decide whether or not the Governor broke the law before the statute of limitations runs out.

That motion relates to potential new felony charges, which the attorney general says there's enough evidence to bring against the governor over his campaign practices. Prosecutors say he took a nude picture of the woman without her permission.

It's a stark turnabout for Greitens, 44, who won the governor's office in 2016, succeeding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon after recording an upset win in the Republican primary.

His spokeswoman Mary Compton said in a statement that Hawley became involved after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in February 2018 that it had obtained a copy of an email indicating that a Greitens employee who previously worked at The Mission Continues had shared the donor list with Laub and Michael Hafner, who had been working for Greitens' gubernatorial exploratory committee, in January 2015.

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