Pence Helped Former Governor Accused Of Sexual Sadism To Regain Entry Into Navy

Former Gov. Eric Greitens and Vice President Mike Pence.Screengrab / Eric Greitens / YouTube

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Vice President Pence's office reportedly pressured the Navy to reinstate disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Vice President Mike Pence’s office reportedly used political pressure to get former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens reinstated into the Navy, according to Law & Crime.

  • The Kansas City Star reported that documents released via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that top Navy officials were concerned with Greitens’ history, which includes a 2018 felony charge of sexual misconduct and a separate felony charge of computer tampering. The charges, though eventually dropped, forced Greitens to resign from his post as governor.
  • Vice Adm. Robert Burke, then the Navy’s Chief of Personnel, revealed in emails uncovered by the FOIA request that if the former SEAL hadn’t been a civilian at the time, he would’ve been prosecuted by the Navy:

“Since he was in the IRR [Individual Ready Reserve] at the time, we had no recourse. If he were in the AC [active component], or even RC [reserve component] on active duty, we would have gone after Art 120 [Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, rape and sexual assault].”

  • Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, then-commander of Navy Recruiting Command, wrote in another email:

“I would be disinclined to grant a major misconduct waiver for anyone with an indictment such as his based on what we know now.”

  • It was at this point that Pence began to exact political pressure and the scales began to tip in Greitens’ favor. In a 2019 email which is believed to refer to Greitens, an executive assistant with the Naval Recruiting Command wrote:

“Long story short, VPOTUS wants [redacted] to come work for him in D.C. but in a military capacity. The whole chain of command from SECDEF [the Secretary of Defense] on down are supportive of him coming in so we’re just trying to make this as painless and quick as possible.”

  • Law & Crime reported that “Earlier this year, the Missouri Ethics Commission fined Greitens $178,000 for campaign finance violations stemming from a failure to report legal in-kind contributions from two dark money groups.”
  • Greitens’ legal troubles “began in 2015 when a woman testified under oath that she felt forced to perform sexual acts with Greitens after he tied her up and took explicit photos of her.”
  • The former governor allegedly “threatened to release them if she ever spoke about their relationship,” though he denied having engaged in blackmail.

Read the full report.

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