Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns amid scandals
02 June, 2018, 10:49 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
Eric Greitens said Tuesday he will resign amid efforts to impeach him over an extramarital affair and allegations he misused a private charity donor list for political gain.
Greitens, who had consistently refused to heed calls within his own party for his resignation, announced hours later that he would give up the governor's seat.
"I remain confident we have the evidence required to pursue charges against Mr. Greitens, but sometimes pursuing charges is not the right thing to do for our city or our state", Gardner said.
First, on January 10, he admitted to the world that he had an extramarital affair and denied associated claims that he blackmailed his mistress by allegedly photographing her in a compromising position and threatening to disseminate the image.
The 44-year-old governor made the announcement almost 17 months after taking the oath of the office with a pledge to root out "corrupt career politicians".
Gardner launched an investigation after Greitens admitted to a 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser.
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.
Less than two weeks ago, the legislature began meeting in special sessions to consider impeachment proceedings against him.
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.
"Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends, legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers, and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there's no end in sight".
Gardner said Wednesday that she can't comment on what Baker will do. "Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", Greitens said.
Gov. Mike Parson says the resignation of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens "will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a hard time".
During her testimony to the House investigative committee, the woman said Greitens invited her to his home and offered to show her "how to do a proper pull-up".
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement to local media on Tuesday that she has been in contact with the governor's defense team and that she has "reached a fair and just resolution of the pending charges". And, she insisted of the two cases she brought against the governor, "These cases were not pursued at the expense of my office's priorities".
It also happened on the same day a judge ordered Greitens to turn over information related to campaign payments he received from a group named A New Missouri.
"I will let the fairness of this process be judged by history", he said. He declined to say whether he took a photo.
The invasion of privacy charge was droppedearlier this month, but Greitens is still not out of the woods. Some considered him a potential future presidential contender.
Parson was elected as the state's 47th lieutenant governor in November 2016 and previously served in the state's senate and house of representatives.
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