Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigns amid swirling investigations

Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is set to RESIGN

Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is set to RESIGN

Facing impeachment over an extramarital affair and campaign finance inquiry, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has announced he will quit on Friday.

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. That case has since been handed off to a special prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker of Jackson County.

That accusation was at the center of a now scuttled felony invasion of privacy case, though a special prosecutor continues to investigate the matter.

Greitens had campaigned for office as a Trumpian outsider-his most notorious ads featured him literally blowing stuff up with a high-powered firearm-and his nonstop war with his own party ensured that lawmakers would forge ahead with their impeachment inquiry, even after Gardner was forced to dismiss the invasion of privacy charges for procedural reasons.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Governor Greitens and his wife Sheena What's the fundraising controversy? The legislative investigation had requested numerous documents from Greitens political campaign and from A New Missouri, Inc., the secretive nonprofit formed by his campaign aides to advocate for his agenda.

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"I have been in contact with the Governor's defense team over the past several days", she said in a statement.

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.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer and Rhodes Scholar, was seen as a rising Republican star until January when he was forced to admit to an extra-martial affair from 2015. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

Greitens faced additional charges of computer tampering in April for allegedly misusing a veterans charity's donor list to raise money for his 2016 campaign. Missouri has been blessed with an unbroken line of men and women in public service who have worked to make our state better, and the work of the many dedicated public servants, who work tirelessly for the people of Missouri, will continue. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love", he said. 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.

During the announcement, Greitens again said that he did not break any laws. Our gratitude goes out to the media, the House committee, the St. Louis circuit attorney and the special prosecutor among others.

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Many questioned why she would praise the service of someone who took action to reverse the city's long-sought minimum wage increase for St. Louis workers, something Krewson supported.

Greitens denies the allegations.

"I think this is a great decision from the governor", said Sen.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, also a Republican, is taking over as the state's top politician.

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