Greitens to cut plea deal after resignation?

02 June, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following months of scandal

The incident reportedly occurred in March 2015 in the basement of his St. Louis home before Greitens launched his campaign for governor. The circuit attorney said she intends to refile the charge and may appoint a special prosecutor or one of her assistants to pursue the case. A special prosecutor assigned to the case said Tuesday her investigation will continue, according to local news media.

St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the criminal invasion of privacy charge against Greitens on May 14 before his trial got under way.

Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens has promised to resign as the state lawmakers weighed his impeachment amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign-finance violations.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Governor Greitens and his wife Sheena What's the fundraising controversy?

Greitens said it was "a great honor and a privilege" to be governor and he "will always be a fighter for the people of Missouri". Retiree Wilma Nelson said she would be open to voting for Greitens again if he sought to re-enter politics.

In a brief and defiant statement Tuesday at the governor's office, Greitens said his resignation would be effective on Friday at 5 p.m.

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. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

The charge, filed in April following an investigation by the Missouri attorney general's office, accused Greitens of using a donor list from the veterans charity he founded, The Mission Continues, for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

The governor has acknowledged having an affair with his hairdresser.

In his speech, Greitens said he is "not flawless", but maintains he has "not broken any laws or 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", Greitens said. 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. 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 woman's then-husband released a secretly recorded conversation in which she described the affair.

With Greitens' departure, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, will take his place. A lawyer for the group, who also represents Greitens' campaign, said Tuesday that the group was considering appealing the order.

Greitens, a married father of two young boys, repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman.

Missouri's GOP-controlled House leadership applauded the governor's decision, saying he "has put the best interest of Missourians first today by choosing to resign".


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