Tuesday, July 5th, 2022

The Greitens RINO video prompted threats against the ex-wife, the lawyer said

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The family of Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens has been under “serious threats” in the days since he released a violent campaign video in which he declared he was “looking” for RINOs, or Republicans in Name Only, his ex -wife’s lawyer told the court Thursday.

Attorney Helen Wade said during a court hearing in the former couple’s child custody case that Sheena Greitens received written threats, saying her email address was a public record because she was a employee of a public university.

“We live in a country where this kind of rhetoric results in violence,” he said. “It’s in the letter, ‘Wouldn’t it be horrible if someone were looking for and killing Eric Greitens and his whole family. That’s horrible.’ That’s one of them.The other is so horrible that I can’t read it out loud in court.

The hearing is part of the case to decide if custody of the couple’s two sons should be handled in court in Missouri or Texas, where Sheena Greitens and the boys now live. In an affidavit in March as part of the case, Sheena Greitens accused her ex -husband of verbal and physical abuse.

Greitens, who resigned as governor of Missouri in June 2018 after an extramarital affair that sparked criminal charges in St. Louis. He accused Sheena Greitens of collaborating with people he considered RINO in an attempt to sabotage his Senate campaign.

The 38-second campaign ad that dropped on Monday showed Eric Greitens brandishing a shotgun. An armed tactical group entered a house and threw what looked like a flash-bang grenade. Greitens entered through the smoke and said: “Join the MAGA crew. Obtain a RINO hunting permit. There is no limit to bagging, there is no limit to tagging and it will not end until we save our country.

Eric Greitens said the ad was intended to be ridiculous and not literal. He was not at the hearing.

“I’m disappointed that Eric isn’t here now because we hope we can get him to make a statement that clearly condemns the use of any kind of violence against my client,” Wade said.

Eric Greitens’ attorney, Gary Stamper, told the court it was “dishonest to suggest” that Greitens “wanted to have harm done to him.” Stamper said later in a statement that the two threats provided in a document from Wade were not death threats, but he still criticized them.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press after the hearing, Sheena Greitens said she was shocked by the video earlier this week.

“Eric and his lawyer spent the last few months trying to tie me up in what they call the RINO conspiracy involving Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell,” Sheena Greitens said. “That was completely fabricated. It was completely unreal and Eric knew it was unreal.

“But repeatedly tying up the RINOs for three months was a ton of public rhetoric by Eric, and then watching a video on Monday that talked about hunting the RINOs and tagging and wrapping them up, yes, it worries me for my safety and security. to my children. ”

Sheena Greitens gave the AP copies of 2018 email exchanges in which she accused her ex-husband of abusing. He said the emails were proof that despite Eric Greitens’ claim that the allegations in the March affidavit were from anywhere to sabotage his campaign, he knew it from the beginning.

Stamper, in an AP statement, noted that Sheena Greitens said in 2020 it would be in the best interest of boys to spend time with their father. He asked why he would do this if he was abusive.

“We believe the ex-wife’s ongoing and recent efforts to drag their children into the press are not for their benefit,” Stamper said.

Eric Greitens was one of 21 Republicans running for the Senate seat vacated by the retirement of incumbent Roy Blunt. Most of the polls showed the Greitens at or near the top of the field, despite close competition with the U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler and Attorney General Eric Schmitt.

Other GOP leaders fear that if Greitens wins the Aug. 2 primary, he could be defeated in November. In the same division in the Senate, the GOP cannot afford to lose what could be a safe seat.

Greitens was a former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar who was largely unknown in politics before he was elected governor in 2016. With abundant charisma, good looks and his military history, Greitens is seen by many as a future presidential contender. He did not hide his ambition, reserving the website EricGreitensForPresident.com.

His star seemed to be rapidly translating it. In January 2018, she admitted to a 2015 extramarital affair with her hairdresser in St. Louis.

In short order, a Missouri House committee began investigating campaign finance issues, and Greitens is facing a second criminal case in St. Louis. Louis related to campaign finance. Both cases were eventually dismissed. Under the risk of the charges being filed again, and still facing possible impeachment, Greitens resigned in June 2018. Eric and Sheena Greitens divorced in 2020.

In an affidavit in March, Sheena Greitens said her ex-husband displayed such “unstable and coercive behavior” because his political career appeared to have collapsed in 2018 as steps were taken to limit his involvement. access to weapons. He said in the interview that friends, security workers, etc. shared his concern and tried to keep Eric Greitens away with his gun.

Read the full statement from Governor Greitens ’Attorney, Gary Stamper:

“While Eric was taking care of the children this morning, the opposing attorney made a court statement in front of the assembled press that his client had received death threats. We later reviewed the two documents provided, the entirety of which consisted of a vulgar email to his client from a pro-choice activist mentioning clothes hangers, and a threatening tweet to Eric and his family. We found no evidence of any death threats. The opposing lawyer asked us to reject the email and post. We did.

As a reminder, Eric will have custody of his children this Summer, while his ex-wife will be with the boys for 3 weekends and weekly 3 hour visits. The parties also agreed to follow the current parenting plan until May 2023, which mandates that boys spend most of their free time with Eric, including all of Thanksgiving, Spring Break, most of Winter Break, and every major holiday.

Finally, it is important to remember that the judge examined the ex -wife’s allegations, and found that they had no basis for action, especially records from the doctor, dentist, mediator, and therapist, all of which indicate this. false allegations. ”

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