Missouri governor to step down amid sex, fundraising scandals

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When he steps down Friday, the former Navy SEAL officer will be conceding political defeat amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign violations while still defiantly asserting that he's done nothing worthy of being forced out of office. They soon expanded to include questions about whether he had violated campaign-finance laws.

Greitens, 44, said his resignation will be effective Friday at 5 p.m.

"I remain confident we have the evidence required to pursue charges against Mr. Greitens, but sometimes pursuing charges is not the right thing to do for our city or our state", Gardner said.

The legislature had been meeting in special session to continue its investigation of the governor's actions and Greitens had been subpoenaed to testify next Monday. Claire McCaskill in a state won handily by President Donald Trump.

Greitens was previously charged with felony invasion of privacy in connection with an admitted extramarital affair in 2015 with a hairdresser before he was elected. The charge was dismissed during jury selection, but a special prosecutor was considering whether to refile charges. That prompted the Missouri House to form a special investigatory committee. "Just as I believe the Mr. Greitens' decision to resign is best for our state, I too, have to consider the totality of the situation". More information was expected to be released Wednesday. He has said he is innocent and called the relationship consensual.

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Fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson - a former state lawmaker and sheriff - is to serve the remainder of Greitens' term, which runs until January 2021.

She also clarified that she had considered the victims involved in the unfolding scandals, including the woman who said Greitens hit and sexually assaulted her, as well as Greitens' wife and two children.

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

The Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis said in a statement after Greitens' announcement that it had reached a deal on the computer tampering charge but would not disclose the details until Wednesday.

Even though he's quitting amid scandal, some Greitens voters said they still like him. The House authorized the legislative investigation a week after the indictment. Federal law bars 501 (c)(3) charities such as The Mission Continues from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of candidates. And, she insisted of the two cases she brought against the governor, "These cases were not pursued at the expense of my office's priorities". Among her statements - deemed credible by the GOP-led committee of legislators - was an allegation that before running for office as a squeaky clean family man, Greitens took a nude picture of the woman without her consent and blackmailed her with it, before coercing her to perform oral sex. She said he threatened and mistreated her. The committee finds her testimony credible. She said he did not want to be seen in public with her because he was running for office.

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