Missouri Governor Greitens Resigning

02 June, 2018, 07:26 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is set to RESIGN

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced on Tuesday he will resign over the scandals that have dominated his tenure.

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.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a statement Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing. Greitens declares an initial victory, but Gardner says she plans to pursue the case, either through a special prosecutor or an appointed assistant.

Greitens made the abrupt announcement as legislators continued to consider his impeachment while investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and fundraising violations.

Earlier this month, Gardner's office dropped the invasion of privacy case against Greitens.

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The governor's decision came after a judge compelled Greitens to release information about A New Missouri and any communications or coordination between the group and his own campaign fund, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.

"With no end in sight, I can't allow the forces against us to continue to cause harm, to the people I love", Greitens said.

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.

Mr Greitens said he had worked through the adultery with his wife, but denied blackmailing the other woman. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor. Greitens still faces another felony charge of computer tampering tied to allegations that he improperly used a veterans' charity donor list to raise funds for his 2016 campaign for governor.

"I am not ideal, but I have not broken any laws or offense worthy of this treatment", he said. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love", Greitens said.

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She also claims Greitens coerced her into giving oral sex, and at a second sexual encounter, smacked her and shoved her to the floor. The woman's name never has been officially released; it is redacted from the legislative documents and she is identified only by her initials in court filings.

The Legislature called itself back into a 30-day special session to discuss if Greitens should be impeached, which began May 18.

Hawley, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, turned evidence over to Gardner, saying April 17 that he believed Greitens had broken the law. Like Gardner, the special prosecutor is a Democrat.

Under state law, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, will take over as governor and serve out the remainder of the term. There had been allegations Greitens wanted to hide where those donations had come from. "The Governor's decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow".

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