Deal with St. Louis prosecutors led to Greitens' resignation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following months of scandal

Embattled Gov. Eric Greitens' surprise decision to resign the office he's held for less than two years prompted swift reaction from officials throughout Missouri on Tuesday night.

"This is a non-issue", said Tom Schuette, co-head of investment research and strategy at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management.

"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. My focus is on helping to ensure a smooth transition of power so that state government can continue to serve Missourians without interruption. "The state has a reputation as being fiscally conservative with strong finances and a low pension liability".

Political science professor Jeremy Walling, of Southeast Missouri State University, said Greitens' pledge to keep fighting seemed to be "some face-saving".

Greitens, a 44-year-old former Navy SEAL commando once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, was previously charged with felony invasion of privacy in connection with an admitted extramarital affair in 2015 with a hairdresser before he was elected.

In the end, Greitens said it was dirty politics by people who didn't like his anti-establishment, anti-corruption message he brought to Jefferson City that brought him down.

One of two felony criminal cases against Missouri Gov Eric Greitens will be dismissed now that the Republican governor has announced his resignation, St. Louis' top prosecutor said Wednesday. She said a special prosecutor would refile the case. State Attorney General Josh Hawley, the frontrunner for the GOP senate nomination, has called for Greitens to resign.




Yes, but is that the state legislature's job now that Greitens has resigned?

The Republican governor announced Tuesday that he will step down on Friday.

The panel's probe comes during a special legislative session to weigh impeachment. That led to his April indictment on a felony charge of tampering with computer data. Greitens is accused of using a donor's list from the Mission Continues Charity that he founded to help raise money during his campaign. Last month, a Missouri state House committee released a report alleging that Greitens subjected a woman to non-consensual sexual activity and violence.

The woman's then-husband released a secretly recorded conversation in which she described the alleged incident.

The state legislature's investigation had expanded to probe potential campaign finance violations, as questions swirled about whether the governor's campaign illegally coordinated with a non-profit organization to hide the identity of political donors.

"In the interest of pursuing justice to its fullest lengths, we will continue until our work on the case is completed", Baker said in a statement.

"This ordeal has been created to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family; millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", he said in a statement from his Jefferson City office.

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