Time running out for potential case against Gov. Greitens' charity

Time running out for potential case against Gov. Greitens' charity

Greitens has insisted that he will not resign, however - tweeting last week that "this matter will go to a court of law - where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence".

Hawley's office has said that its investigation into The Mission Continues began after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in February that it had it had obtained a copy of an email indicating that Taylor had shared the charity donor list in January 2015 with Michael Hafner, who had been working for Greitens' gubernatorial exploratory committee, and Danny Laub, Greitens' first campaign manager. These are serious charges-and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri. Adding to the soap opera, Greitens, who is already facing a felony count of invasion of privacy in St. Louis Circuit Court for allegedly taking a semi-nude photo of his hairdresser as blackmail, had gone to court earlier in the week to seek a restraining order to stop Hawley from prosecuting him.

Friday's charges were the result of Attorney General Josh Hawley's investigation into Greitens' use of a donor list belonging to a charity called The Mission Continues.

Federal law generally prohibits charities such as The Mission Continues from becoming involved in political campaigns, and the charity has repeatedly denied granting permission for Greitens - its former CEO - to use the list for political purposes. Although he initially denied the allegations, Greitens agreed to pay a $100 fine in April of past year for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign had, in fact, received the charity's donor list.

He also said the information his office has uncovered will be turned over to a House committee investigating Greitens.

"Her case is falling apart - so today, she's brought a new one", Greitens said.

Hawley's official spokeswoman, Mary Compton, called Greitens' request "frivolous" and said the attorney general's office would argue against the motion.

His attorney, Ed Dowd, said in a separate statement: "This charge makes no sense at all".




But Hawley said he didn't have jurisdiction to charge Greitens with a crime.

The charity Hawley referred to is The Mission Continues of St. Louis, which provides opportunities for veterans to continue lives of service.

St. Louis prosecutors announced the new felony charge on Friday, accusing Greitens of tampering with personal information.

The felony invasion of privacy case against the governor will continue.

Greitens, 44, a married father of two has acknowledged a months-long affair but denied any criminal wrongdoing, asserting he is the victim of a political witch hunt. Josh has turned the "evidence" he claims to have over to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner - a liberal prosecutor funded by George Soros who allegedly suborned perjury, falsified documents, and withheld evidence. He says the Democratic prosecutor "will use any charge she can to smear me".

Greitens' explanation was, "We were calling people who had become friends and gotten to know me over the course of seven years, who invested in The Mission Continues and got to know me as a leader".

"One way or another, Eric Greitens' short tenure as Missouri governor is about to end", McCann Beatty said in a statement Friday evening. Since he will not resign, the House of Representatives must immediately begin impeachment proceedings.

Missouri Republicans are anxious that a recent sex scandal involving Gov. Eric Greitens will drag their party down.

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