Missouri's governor Eric Greitens resigns following assault allegations

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following months of scandal

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

In addition to the resignation and the dropping of the computer tampering charge, the deal also "prevents Greitens' attorneys from suing Gardner or any of her employees in civil court", Lippman says.

Tuesday evening, Greitens yielded to the overwhelming pressure and did just that, effective Friday.

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

All the while, Greitens insisted that the accusations against him were "lies" (though he acknowledged the affair) and declared himself the victim of a "political witch hunt", blaming liberals and even conservative bogeyman George Soros.

"With no end in sight, I can't allow the forces against us to continue to cause harm, to the people I love", Greitens said. Information about the deal will be released on Wednesday.

February 22 - A grand jury in St. Louis indicts the governor on a felony invasion of privacy charge for taking and transmitting the alleged photo.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who was named special prosecutor after the charge related to his extramarital affair was dropped this month, said her investigation continues.

"I think what folks need to know is it's now time to leave the governor alone and let him and his family heal", Martin said.

Greitens said that the investigation that he faces is too intense for him to continue to serve as the governor of Missouri. Then he announced that he would quit.

Greitens' departure will develop into official at 5 p.m. Friday - marking a surprising political defeat for the 44-year-old, self-made warrior-philosopher who had aspirations of sometime changing into president.

The Republican previously resisted calls for his resignation despite pressure from fellow Republicans in the state legislature.

Eric Greitens' resignation amid ongoing legislative and criminal probes doesn't raise any red fiscal flags for municipal bond market participants. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline. "Gov. Mike Parson possesses the integrity his predecessor lacked, and House Democrats will offer him whatever assistance we can as he begins the hard task of restoring credibility to state government".

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A House investigatory committee is seeking communications and documents showing potential coordination between Greitens, his campaign committee and A New Missouri. There was concern that the Greitens drama could pollute the state GOP, once again providing McCaskill with a possible lifeboat created by Republicans.

Greitens also was charged in April for allegedly using a charity donor list for political purposes.

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

On Tuesday Hawley said Greitens had "done the right thing" by resigning.

Even while resigning, Greitens remained defiant.

"When I'm Governor, we're going to clean up the mess in Jefferson City, restore trust in government, and get real results for people", he wrote on his campaign website.

"I know, and people of good faith know that I am not flawless, but I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment", he said. "I look forward to Gov. Parson's leadership and will do everything I can be to be helpful", Blunt said in a statement. After being wounded in Iraq, he founded a veterans' charity and became a best-selling author and motivational speaker.

March 1 - The Republican-led Missouri House forms a bipartisan committee to investigate Greitens.

Greitens also came under fire after reports he and his staff were using a message-deleting app called Confide. The report aired shortly after Greitens delivered his state of the state address.

Gardner said at the time that she dropped the invasion of privacy charge after the judge in the case ruled that he would allow Greitens' attorneys to depose Gardner about whether she had knowledge of perjury committed by a private investigator hired by her office.

The accuser's disturbing allegations were detailed in a report by a Special Investigative Committee on Oversight of the Missouri House of Representatives.

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