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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted on invasion of privacy charge

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Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, according to a news release from Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred in March 2015, she said.

Greitens was booked at the St. Louis Justice Center, officials confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

According to Gardner’s news release, the grand jury “found probable cause” that Greiten broke a state law. The charge becomes a felony “if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer.”

An investigation into Greitens’ behavior was opened in January following his admiting to an affair, reportedly beginning in March 2015.

Local reports at the time said Greitens allegedly threatened to publicize nude images of the woman he was having the extramarital relations with if she exposed their relationship, according to her ex-husband.

While acknowledging that he was “unfaithful” in his marriage, Greitens denied allegations that he blackmailed the woman.

The Missouri governor was elected in November 2016.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boris faces fishermen rebellion over 'disgraceful' Brexit deal – 'Sold us down the drain'

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BORIS JOHNSON has been facing increasing calls to review the current Brexit trade deal struck with the European Union over claims he “betrayed” fishermen and let down businesses exporting into the bloc.

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Trump should not be prosecuted for Capitol riot incitement, former FBI Director James Comey says

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President Donald Trump should be convicted by the Senate, but not criminally prosecuted for inciting Capitol rioters, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday, adding that it would give America space to “heal.”

“The country would be better off if we did not give him the platform that a prosecution would for the next three years,” Comey told British broadcaster Sky News, which like NBC News, is owned by Comcast Corp.

“Instead, turn off the camera lights,” said Comey, who was fired from his role as FBI Director in 2017 by Trump while he was leading a probe into the president’s 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, added.

“I’d like to see some of the lights go out and he can stand on the front lawn at Mar-a-Lago and shout at cars in his bathrobe and none of us will hear it,” he said.

Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice last week for his role in inciting a violent mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The Senate will now decide whether Trump should be convicted on the incitement of insurrection charge, and there has also been discussion of potential criminal charges arising from the same conduct after he leaves office.

Comey, 60, said he would like to see Trump convicted by the Senate and barred from ever holding public office again, but the ex-FBI boss said he was concerned a prosecution would impede Biden’s efforts to reunite the nation.

“The country needs to find a way to heal itself and the new president needs the opportunity to lead and heal us — both literally and spiritually,” Comey said. “And that will be much, much harder if the Donald Trump show is on our television screens every single day in the nation’s capital.”

He said the trial would give Trump the attention he craves.

“That would go on for three or four years,” Comey said. “How does Joe Biden do what our country needs him to do in that environment?”

The decision to prosecute a former president should be a balancing test between the strength of the criminal case, and the socially and politically divisive consequences of a trial, according to NBC News’ legal analyst Danny Cevallos.

“If the case against Trump for incitement was a slam dunk, then the benefit of prosecution may outweigh the potential harm to the republic,” Cevallos said in response to Comey’s comments. “The prosecution’s case is not a slam dunk. Trump has formidable free speech and other defenses to incitement.”

History has seen America faced with a similar dilemma, he said, adding that President Gerald Ford issued a controversial pardon for former President Richard Nixon, which many say cost Ford his popularity and a longer term as president.

“We’ll never know, but a Nixon prosecution might have prolonged — rather than solved — the country’s pain,” he added.

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The attack on the Capitol, the seat of American democracy, reverberated through the country, causing political upheaval just days before Joe Biden comes into power and leaving authorities throughout the country on alert for more violence ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Comey said he was optimistic that the threat of new violence will be neutralized, but said it has to be taken very seriously by law enforcement.

He said he was “sickened” by the attack on the Capitol and the failure to defend the building.

“It mystifies and angers me,” Comey said, adding: “It will be important for our country to understand that failure.”



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Summer 2021 holidays: 'Too early to book' as Britons told to stick to Covid travel rules

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SUMMER holidays 2021 should not be booked yet as travel restrictions are expected to remain in place for a while still, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab signalled.

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