Greitens charged with felony tampering with computer data

Hannah Rogers
April 21, 2018

The charge adds to the embattled first-term governor's problems.

Greitens has faced increasing pressure to resign.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens faces new charges from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office over alleged wrongdoing concerning The Mission Continues charity during his campaign for governor.

The new felony charge compounds the legal and political woes for Greitens, who already faces a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from an explicit photo he allegedly took of a woman with whom he was having an affair.

This particular matter stems from how Greitens' campaign received a fundraising list from The Mission Continues, a veterans charity that Greitens help found before he ran for office.

The new charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Greitens founded. She testified that Greitens controlled, slapped, grabbed, shoved and endangered during a set of sexual encounters that times left her fearful and crying.

Separately, a special House investigatory committee is to recommend whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Greitens. And she is using thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars to do all of this.

"Her original case is falling apart - so today, she's brought a new one", Greitens said in a statement. By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me. It doesn't identify the fundraiser.

On Friday, Greitens released a statement saying he stands by his work with the charity.

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The latest charge "makes no sense at all", Greitens' attorney Ed Dowd said in a statement.

Eric Greitens ran for governor of Missouri as a conservative outsider promising to shake things up in the Show Me State. "The only person who doesn't understand that is Eric Greitens", Beatty said.

In a press conference held at his office, Hawley said the infraction is related to Greitens' nonprofit, The Mission Continues, and that he has turned evidence over to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office. But that incident wasn't cited in the criminal charge, because it was past the three-year statute of limitations. The AP found that Greitens' campaign had raised almost $2 million from donors who previously gave significant amounts to The Mission Continues.

After initially denying that his campaign worked off a donor list from The Mission Continues, Greitens' campaign was assessed a $1,000 fine by the Missouri Ethics Commission. Greitens' campaign filed amended finance reports referring to the list as an in-kind contribution valued at $600 and received March 1, 2015, from Laub.

Hawley said his office also obtained permission to share the evidence with the Missouri House Investigative Committee and that his office's investigation into Greitens will proceed.

Now he's being accused of stealing an email list from an organization he built? Dowd said. "Give me a break".

Greitens is confronting a felony fee for invasion of solitude which he chose an image of a woman without her consent. Instead, her investigator lied under oath and created false evidence.

Gardner's office began investigating after KMOV-TV in St. Louis first reported the affair on January 10, the day Greitens was giving his annual State of the State speech. That trial is set to start May 14. Additionally both Senate candidates - incumbent Democratic Sen. In February, Democrats won a state assembly race in a typically red district, leading some state Republicans to blame Greitens.

Greitens admits to the affair, but denies the rest, Talking Points Memo reported.

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