Missouri prosecutor drops computer-tampering charges against Gov. Greitens after resignation announcement

Missouri prosecutor drops computer-tampering charges against Gov. Greitens after resignation announcement

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is facing possible impeachment over an extramarital affair and allegations of misuse of a charity donor list, will make a statement late Tuesday afternoon.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged him last month for illegally transferring the fundraising list from a veterans charity he co-founded to his 2016 campaign for governor.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens - once a rising Republican political star - resigned Tuesday amid expanding investigations of a sex scandal and potential violations of campaign finance laws.

"I have not broken any laws", he said at Tuesday's news conference.

"The time has come though, to tend to those who have been wounded, and to care for those who need us most", he said.

"This ordeal has been created to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family", he added, before again denying that he had broken the law. The charge was dropped with the prosecutor suggesting that it might be restored under an independent counsel. Gardner, the prosecutor who pursued the charge, had close ties both to national left-wing political outfits and Democrats in the Missouri legislature, leading Greitens and his supporters to characterize his prosecution as a politically motivated witch hunt.

After the initial invasion of privacy indictment earlier this several lawmakers from Franklin County including State Sen. Further details will be released Wednesday, she said.

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He campaigned as a political outsider in 2016, winning an expensive Republican gubernatorial primary and then defeating Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the general election to give Missouri Republicans control of the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years.

The Republican governor was accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of an at least partially nude woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, left, talks to Lt. Gov. Mike Parson during the Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., Aug. 17, 2017.

St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the criminal invasion of privacy charge against Greitens on May 14 before his trial got under way. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love", the governor said. I am proud of you and all of our work.

"While I cannot force Mr. Greitens to take personal accountability for his actions, there are things I can do", she said. Greitens is accused of having photographed the woman naked without her consent. He has said he is innocent and called the relationship consensual.

"Missouri is greater than any one elected official", Parson said.

Republican State Senator Rob Schaaf from St. Joseph's 34th District had been one of the governor's toughest critics and was glad to see Greitens' resignation. "Let us allow history and God to bring justice".

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