Prosecutor Drops Eric Greitens' Felony Computer Tampering Charge

Posted June 02, 2018

Greitens said the decision to resign was a hard one, but maintained that he's done nothing wrong.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens - once a rising Republican political star - resigned Tuesday amid expanding investigations of a sex scandal and potential violations of campaign finance laws.

"This ordeal has been created to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family - millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", he said in a brief statement from his Jefferson City office, his voice breaking at times.

In April, the local St. Louis prosecutor's office charged Greitens with another felony, alleging that he improperly used the donor list for a charity that he'd founded to raise money for his 2016 campaign.

"In the interest of pursuing justice to its fullest lengths, we will continue until our work on the case is completed", Baker said in a statement.

Greitens has said he is innocent and called the relationship consensual.

Later that month, she said Greitens asked her to come to his house when his wife was out of town.

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Gardner launched an investigation after Greitens admitted to a 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser. The charge was dropped earlier this month, but a special prosecutor is considering whether to refile it.

Greitens' attorney Jim Martin acknowledged reaching out to Gardner to resolve the issue. "No plans to bring pain to him or his family".

Political science professor Jeremy Walling, of Southeast Missouri State University, said Greitens' pledge to keep fighting seemed to be "some face-saving". "So for the moment, let us walk off the battlefield with our heads held high".

A political career that began with a bang as Eric Greitens promised to take on Missouri's "culture" of corruption ended with a whimper Tuesday as he announced his resignation.

The investigative committee subpoenaed the embattled Republican on Friday, demanding he appear and testify under oath on June 4.

Greitens' resignation also allows him to avoid the potentially dubious distinction of becoming the first Missouri governor ever impeached. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline.

Mike Parson will automatically rise from lieutenant governor to governor on Friday when Greitens steps down. The governor could also face other state or federal charges. The woman's attorney released the statement Wednesday afternoon.

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A complaint also remains pending at the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Greitens filed a false campaign report past year about the source of the charity donor list.

On May 17, Greitens suggested to a crowd of supporters gathered for an agricultural event that he wouldn't give up. The report aired shortly after Greitens delivered his State of the State address.

"I know, and people of good faith know, that I am not flawless. But I have not broken any laws or committed any offence worthy of this treatment", he said. "I'm not ideal", he said Tuesday.

The Rhodes scholar and father-of-two presented himself as a family man during his 2016 campaign.

The Republican governor has been embroiled in scandal for weeks.

Greitens was indicted in February on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge. In the recording, she alleged that Greitens took a photo of her when she was partially nude without her permission and threatened to release photos of her if she told anyone about the affair, KMOV-TV reported.

He was first focused on the invasion-of-privacy charge, which was dropped during jury selection.

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China's Foreign Ministry and National Health Commission did not immediately respond to faxed questions about the report. It added the Chinese Government told the embassy it is also investigating and taking appropriate measures.

Greitens previously had said he would not quit his post despite the allegations against him.