Missouri governor who vowed to fight scandal instead quits
02 June, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Mable Gonzales
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on Tuesday said he will resign from office this week, avoiding potential impeachment after he became embroiled in sexual misconduct and political fundraising scandals.
March 1 - The Republican-led Missouri House forms a bipartisan committee to investigate Greitens.
May 14 - Three days into jury selection in Greitens' trial on the felony invasion of privacy charge, prosecutors abruptly drop the charge after the court rules that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner would be questioned and might have to testify at the trial with Greitens' attorneys attacking her handling of the case.
"I can not comment on what Jean Peters Baker would do with the privacy of invasion case", Gardner said. She says no deals have been made by her office with Greitens' attorneys.
Missouri's Republican-dominated establishment had turned against Mr. Greitens before Tuesday's announcement, saying he needed to resign for the good of the state.
It also happened on the same day a judge ordered Greitens to turn over information related to campaign payments he received from a group named A New Missouri.
Just before 4:30 this afternoon, Greitens held a press conference in his office, announcing that he will resign effective June first at 5 pm.
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. "But I have not broken any laws nor committed any offense worthy of this treatment". "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love".
The school announced its review after the May 2 House report included testimony in which Laub said he was paid both by Greitens and through the grant in early 2015 to simultaneously promote Greitens' political aspirations and the release of his book. In April, lawmakers released a damning report that found the woman to be a "credible witness" and disclosed new accusations, including her claim that Greitens coerced her into performing oral sex even as she wept "uncontrollably". We want to thank the members of the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight for the serious and professional manner in which they went about their task.
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.
Had the governor been convicted, Gardner said, it was unlikely that he would be sentenced to prison, given the type of charge he faced and the fact that he would be a first-time offender.
Greitens, a married father of two young boys, repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, also a Republican, is taking over as the state's top politician. "It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your governor".
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