Missouri Gov. Greitens resigning amid sexual misconduct scandal

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following months of scandal

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra Mo. Jan. 29 2018

Her decision does not end the legal jeopardy facing Greitens, 44, who remains under scrutiny by a special prosecutor stemming from allegations that he initiated unwanted sexual contact with a woman who worked as his hairdresser.

Greitens was under intense pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to resign the governorship he secured in 2016 after the scandals emerged. "There was no witch hunt", she said, "no plans to bring pain to Mr. Greitens or his family. Many of Mr. Greitens' former colleagues and friends cooperated with our prosecution, not because they were threatened or harassed, but because it was the right thing to do".

St. Louis prosecutors dropped the felony charge before Greitens' trial got underway but have said they would refile the case. Defense attorney Jim Martin acknowledged reaching out to Gardner to resolve the issue but added, "I don't think that's exactly the full play".

The Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly on May 18 began a special session to consider what disciplinary steps to take against the first-term Republican governor, including possible impeachment.

So it was stunning when he announced he was quitting with his mission incomplete.

"The state's economic growth lags the U.S. Also there are going to be phased in income tax cuts so it may be more hard to balance the budget", Cure said.

May 29 - Greitens announces that he's resigning as of 5 p.m. Friday, June 1. Greitens had faced possibly being impeached by the state House over investigations of his political and personal life. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline.

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

Greitens could face other investigations.

Also on Tuesday, an ex-Greitens adviser told a state House investigative panel that the governor's election campaign had considered illegally soliciting donations from foreign nationals, reports the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

On May 17, Greitens suggested to a crowd of supporters gathered for an agricultural event that he wouldn't give up.

Greitens committed "potentially criminal acts" by using the list without the charity's permission to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign, Hawley alleged at a press conference in April. The report aired shortly after Greitens delivered his State of the State address.

"I am not ideal". "I know and people of good faith know that I'm not flawless, but I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment".

"Let there be no doubt, I condemn Eric Greitens' behavior".

The Rhodes scholar and father-of-two presented himself as a family man during his 2016 campaign. After being wounded in Iraq, he founded a veterans' charity and became a best-selling author and motivational speaker.

First, on January 10, he admitted to the world that he had an extramarital affair and denied associated claims that he blackmailed his mistress by allegedly photographing her in a compromising position and threatening to disseminate the image.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy related to the alleged photo.

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