Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Prosecutor to announce details of deal reached with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

Prosecutor to announce details of deal reached with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens

In a news conference on May 29, he said: "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". Claire McCaskill in a state won handily by President Donald Trump.

Mr. Greitens was indicted in February for a felony invasion of privacy charge after allegedly taking a nude photo of the hairdresser without her permission and transmitting it on an electronic device. Her initial comment was well-intended to "begin the healing needed from the inexcusable, embarrassing and disgusting actions of Governor Eric Greitens", she said, but admitted she probably "should have left civility at the door". Those charges stem from his alleged use of a donor list from a charity he founded, The Mission Continues, to benefit his campaign.

The accuser's disturbing allegations were detailed in a report by a Special Investigative Committee on Oversight of the Missouri House of Representatives. More information was expected to be released Wednesday.

Greitens did not take questions from assembled reporters. But the report's release created a firestorm, with both Republicans and Democrats calling for his resignation. Current Lieutenant Governor, Republican Mike Parson, will become the state's 57th governor and will finish out Grietens' term which runs until January of 2021.

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker the special prosecutor that is reviewing the felony invasion of privacy case against Greitens says her work is continuing. That's what my job is going to be as a leader and our other leaders in this state.

The resignation ends a month long scandal that revealed detailed and tawdry sexual encounters between the governor and a woman with whom he was having an affair.

Eric Greitens offered to resign as part of an agreement to dismiss a felony computer-tampering charge against him, according to the St. Louis prosecutor's office. The House authorized the legislative investigation a week after the indictment.

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A complaint also remains pending at the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Greitens filed a false campaign report a year ago about the source of the charity donor list. The AP reported that Greitens raised about $2 million from those who had previously given significant amounts to the charity. Hawley turned his evidence over to St. Louis prosecutors.

But Gardner said Greitens was unlikely to face prison time and that it was in the best interest of the city and state to move on. She said he did not want to be seen in public with her because he was running for office.

"Don't even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I'm going to take these pictures, and I'm going to put them everywhere I can".

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

Roe said Greitens had been prepared for a two-stage fight.

The Republican governor has been embroiled in scandal for weeks. Some considered him a potential future presidential contender.

Greitens had a sometimes rocky relationship with the GOP-controlled Legislature as he pushed his agenda, once comparing them to third-graders and frequently denouncing them as "career politicians".

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