Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Resigns Amid Scandals

Embattled Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Resigns Amid Scandals

The probes into his conduct by prosecutors and lawmakers began with allegations stemming from the affair.

"The last few months have been incredibly hard, for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends and for many, many people that I love", he said, adding that he had not broken any laws or committed any crimes.

Determined to fight the charge, Greitens refused to step aside. Claire McCaskill in a state won handily by President Donald Trump. That charge was dropped earlier this month, but a special prosecutor is considering whether to refile it.

In April, the charges from Gardner's office were announced after Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said his office had evidence Greitens used an electronic donor list for political fundraising.

Missouri Republican governor, once considered a GOP rising star, announces his resignation amid an impeachment effort sparked by a pair of scandals; Matt Finn reports. On Monday, he spoke with attorney Catherine Hanaway about her legal defense of Greitens' campaign, which already had turned over thousands of documents to a House investigatory committee.

Though Greitens had apparently chose to resign days earlier, he began the week as though he would continue his fight. The woman's attorney released the statement Wednesday afternoon.

The woman told a legislative committee Greitens restrained, slapped, shoved and threatened her during sexual encounters.

Next in line to take the office of Governor will be Lt. Governor Mike Parson.

The Republican had been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal and an investigation into campaign finance violations. The report aired shortly after Greitens delivered his State of the State address.

In response to the public fallout over his affair, Greitens apologized to Missouri voters but denied allegations of coercion or wrongdoing.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat who had led the now-scuttled felony invasion-of-privacy case against the governor, said her office had reached a "fair and just resolution" with Greitens' attorneys. Hawley has said he would reopen the investigation if granted such authority. Federal law bars 501 (c)(3) charities such as The Mission Continues from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of candidates. The AP reported that Greitens' campaign had raised almost $2 million from those who had previously given significant amounts to the veterans' charity. 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".

But Laub testified this year that he wasn't the source of the donor list.

Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge.

"It's clear for the forces that oppose us there is no end in sight", Greitens said. The committee finds her testimony credible. She said it was his way of trying to kiss her, but she did not want to be kissed. He was accused of taking compromising photos of a woman with whom he was involved. I am proud of you and all of our work. He has not directly answered questions about whether he took the photo. "The Governor's decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow".

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