Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Resigns Over Extramarital Affair Scandal and Criminal Probes

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Resigns Over Extramarital Affair Scandal and Criminal Probes

Missouri's embattled Republican governor suddenly resigned Tuesday afternoon, saying that while he did nothing wrong, he could not allow "the forces opposed to us" to damage his family.

"The last few months have been incredibly hard, for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends and for many, many people that I love", the 44-year-old said at Tuesday's news conference. That case has since been handed off to a special prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker of Jackson County.

Gardner charged Greitens in April for allegedly ordering one of his employees to send a charity donor list to his campaign for governor in 2015. Then he announced that he would quit.

"This is a decision that will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a hard time", Parson's statement said.

He concluded: "For the moment let us walk off the battlefield with our heads held high".

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will be sworn in as Missouri's governor after Eric Greitens resigns on Friday. He was facing possible impeachment. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline.

Greitens could face other investigations.

On May 17, Greitens suggested to a crowd of supporters gathered for an agricultural event that he wouldn't give up. "Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", Greitens said.

Several elected officials from both sides of the aisle had called for Greitens to resign.

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She said that it "actually hurt, and I know that I actually was really scared and sad when that happened".

"I am not ideal, but I have not broken any laws or offense worthy of this treatment", he said.

"I think this is a great decision from the governor", said Sen.

Greitens' resignation comes just two weeks after a speech in which he recalled his grueling SEAL training and asserted he would never stop fighting. He is a Rhodes scholar with a doctoral degree in politics who traveled the world on humanitarian missions before joining the Navy.

Greitens assumed office in January 2017, defeating Democrat and former Attorney General Chris Koster.

Republicans also controlled the Missouri House and Senate, but there were frequent clashes between lawmakers and Greitens, who compared them to third-graders and labeled them "career politicians". That resulted in a felony invasion of privacy charge against Greitens in February.

The invasion of privacy charge was dropped earlier this month, but Greitens is still not out of the woods.

Gardner said in a Wednesday morning press conference, the most "fair and just way" to resolve the case, is to drop it. Greitens says the report is part of a "witch hunt". He vowed to stay in office.

Peripheral scandals swirled - his reliance on untraceable political donations, use of a self-destructing texting app and use of a charity donor list to raise campaign contributions all drawing negative attention. Documents detailing communications and expenditures by A New Media related to media advertising must also be turned over, according to the ruling.

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