Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Governor Greitens Announces Resignation

Governor Greitens Announces Resignation

Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind him a brief and tumultuous legacy and moving on from his first public office with the continued prospect of criminal prosecution related to his 2016 campaign.

The Republican governor announced Tuesday that he will step down on Friday.

Greitens's fortunes appeared to improve the week before last, when a successful motion to put St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on the stand led to the invasion of privacy charge against him being dropped.

Addressing reporters Wednesday, Gardner said she believes Greitens's resignation was "best for our state" and pushed back strongly against his assertion that he was the victim of a "witch hunt". That charge was dropped earlier this month, but a special prosecutor is considering whether to refile it.

"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.

"The politics of this entire circus around Governor Greitens has always been concerning", he said.

On Tuesday morning, a Cole County judge ordered the campaign and a pro-Greitens group called A New Missouri to comply with a House subpoena seeking more records about potential coordination between the nonprofit organization, Greitens and his campaign.

In his announcement, Greitens said: "We have accomplished a lot".

It also could free up money.

The Rhodes Scholar and ex-Navy SEAL, 44, said the resignation will be effective Friday. He admitted the affair with the woman, who was his hairdresser, but denied any criminal wrongdoing. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

In late April, Greitens was indicted on a felony charge of computer tampering tied to his campaign's alleged use of a charity donor list. "I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment", he said. "I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the ones I love". Greitens has claimed his innocence in both cases.

The Missouri Legislature began meeting in special session less than two weeks ago to consider impeachment. Like Gardner, the special prosecutor is a Democrat. The chairman of the House investigatory committee and an attorney representing the woman's ex-husband both have said they have shared information with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents looking into the governor.

The state legislature's investigation had expanded to probe potential campaign finance violations, as questions swirled about whether the governor's campaign illegally coordinated with a non-profit organization to hide the identity of political donors. 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. There had been allegations Greitens wanted to hide where those donations had come from. "It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your governor".

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