Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns

Hannah Rogers
June 2, 2018

They soon expanded to include questions about whether he had violated campaign-finance laws.

Greitens' departure becomes official at 5 p.m. Friday - marking a stunning political defeat for the 44-year-old, self-made warrior-philosopher who had aspirations of someday becoming president.

The governor says the past few months have been hard on him, his family, his team, his friends and the people he loves.

He's even hinted at a possible political comeback, declaring during his resignation announcement Tuesday that "this is not the end of our fight".

Mr. Greitens was indicted in February for a felony invasion of privacy charge after allegedly taking a nude photo of the hairdresser without her permission and transmitting it on an electronic device.

St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the criminal invasion of privacy charge against Greitens on May 14 before his trial got under way but said it would be refiled.

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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.

The resignation happened the same day a ruling made by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beteem said that a secret group called A New Missouri, which supports Greitens, must turn over "correspondence and documents showing potential coordination between Greitens, his campaign committee and A New Missouri", according to CBS News. The chairman of the House investigatory committee and an attorney representing the woman's ex-husband both have said they have shared information with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents looking into the governor. Last month, a Missouri state House committee released a report alleging that Greitens subjected a woman to non-consensual sexual activity and violence. But a report from a House committee created a firestorm, with both Republicans and Democrats calling for his resignation. Mike Parson is the current lieutenant governor in the Show-Me-State.

The charges came after a man secretly recorded his wife admitting to having an extramarital affair with Greitens in March 2015.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who resigned on Tuesday, had offered to leave office in exchange for dismissal of a felony computer tampering charge against him in a wider scandal, a prosecutor's spokeswoman said on Wednesday. It might take weeks or months for the Baker probe to conclude - a period which could have paralyzed state government had Greitens remained in office. Federal law bars 501 (c)(3) charities such as The Mission Continues from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of candidates.

The legislative panel also had subpoenaed other Greitens' campaign aides. The AP reported that Greitens' campaign had raised almost $2 million from those who had previously given significant amounts to the veterans' charity. She said that she developed a "crush" on Greitens, but when she saw him in the salon in March 2015, he "moved his hand up her leg "all the way up to [her] crotch" without her consent".

Baker released a statement sating that no deals have been made with her office and that her review of the case will continue without fear or favor. A former campaign aide testified that he was duped into taking the fall when the campaign tried to explain how it had gotten the list. Greitens says the report is part of a "witch hunt".

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