Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Embattled Missouri governor resigns amid felony investigations

Embattled Missouri governor resigns amid felony investigations

Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a photo of the woman without her consent at his home in 2015, before he was elected governor.

An invasion of privacy charge related to that affair was dismissed earlier this month, though a special prosecutor was appointed last week and charges could be re-filed. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is leading that probe.

Gardner dropped the charge after a judge ruled she would have to answer questions under oath from Greitens' attorneys, who had attacked her handling of the case.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff said the agreement between Greitens' attorneys and Gardner's office is highly unusual because it protects Gardner and her staff from being sued for their actions and because Greitens did not have to plead guilty to any lesser charge.

It also could free up money.

A political career that began with a bang as Eric Greitens promised to take on Missouri's "culture" of corruption ended with a whimper Tuesday as he announced his resignation.

In response to the public fallout over his affair, Greitens apologized to Missouri voters but denied allegations of coercion or wrongdoing. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

But on Wednesday, prosecutors dropped a felony charge of computer data tampering over a donor list he allegedly obtained from a veterans' charity for his own political gain.

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The 44-year-old first-term governor, who was seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, abruptly resigned on Tuesday amid accusations stemming from an extramarital affair and his political fundraising.

In his speech, Greitens said he is "not flawless", but maintains he has "not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment".

The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature voted to convene a special session to consider impeachment and the front-runner to take on McCaskill, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley called for Grietens to step down. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love", he said.

May 2 - The House investigatory committee releases a second report that indicates that Greitens originally received The Mission Continues' donor list so he could call key supporters of the charity and explain that he was stepping down as CEO in 2014.

The recording was released by the woman's ex-husband without her knowledge, and it launched a criminal investigation into possible sexual assault and blackmail.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, also a Republican, is taking over as the state's top politician.

"Governor Greitens has done the right thing today", Hawley said. Like Gardner, the special prosecutor is a Democrat.

"There has been no witch hunt", Gardner said. "It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your governor".

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