With unrest in nearby Ferguson still on the minds of people in St. Louis, where black residents slightly outnumber whites, Gardner, who is black, pledged to restore trust in the criminal justice system.
The governor says he will not resign - and will, instead, fight the charges.
The committee will now investigate the charges, and could decide as soon as Monday whether to begin impeachment proceedings in the full state House, according to the Post-Dispatch. "The other problem is, of course, he's sort of the other young and up and coming Republican, and although he obviously doesn't wish to get confused with Greitens, it'll be hard for him to distinguish himself". The woman was recorded as saying that Greitens had blindfolded her, bound her hands and took an unwanted photo of her during a sexual encounter in the basement of his St. Louis house.
Gardner's spokeswoman, Susan Ryan, responded: "Despite the Governor's personal attacks, the Circuit Attorney believes the courtroom is the appropriate place to argue the facts, not the media".
Once a rising star in the Republican Party, Mr Greitens will be extremely lucky if he is able run for re-election in 2020. Gardner came to politics after serving as a prosecutor in the circuit attorney's office under her predecessor, Jennifer Joyce, from 2005 to 2010. "I don't know how many people will follow his lead, and that is a serious problem for a governor trying to accomplish things", Robertson said.
Ryan, asked if additional charges could be filed, said the matter is still under investigation.
Gardner, 42, defeated three other Democrats in the August primary, aided by $200,000 in late donations from a national super PAC partly funded by liberal billionaire George Soros. She is a Democrat. He canceled plans to go to Washington this weekend for a National Governors Association meeting, and the Republican Governors Association said Greitens "no longer intends to serve" on its executive committee.
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens remains defiant, even amid calls for impeachment or resignation, after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy. She said on the tape that Greitens invited her downstairs at his home because he wanted to show her "how to do a proper pull-up".
That was consensual, she said in the audio, but she became aware that he took a photo when she saw a flash of light through her blindfold.
An indictment released Thursday charges the Republican governor with felony invasion of privacy.
Greitens is scheduled to appear in court on March 16th where he says he looks forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action.
Greitens, the father of two young boys, came into office as a political outsider, a brash Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL officer who was wounded in Iraq, emerging as the victor in a crowded and expensive GOP primary. He won an expensive primary, then defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the general election.
He has also faced questions about so-called "dark money" campaign contributions and criticism for stacking the state board of education. The attorney general is conducting an investigation over Greitens' use of a secretive app that deletes messages once they've been read.