Missouri Gov. Greitens resigning amid sexual misconduct scandal

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The charge of computer tampering that was dismissed Wednesday stems from accusations of campaign finance violations - Greitens allegedly took a list of donors to his charity and improperly used it for fundraising.

During her testimony to the House committee, the woman said Greitens invited her to his home and offered to show her "how to do a proper pull-up". She said he did not want to be seen in public with her because he was running for office. The charge was dropped with the prosecutor suggesting that it might be restored under an independent counsel.

May 21 - A judge appoints a special prosecutor, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, to decide whether to refile the invasion of privacy case against Greitens. He said Greitens' resignation won't stop his group from arguing that Hawley was late in investigating allegations against the governor.

Greitens was under investigation in the Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature, and he faced a serious threat of impeachment.

"Let's walk off the battlefield with our heads held high", Greitens, 44, said Tuesday evening in a livestreamed announcement.

For those fellow Republicans who had strenuously urged his resignation, Greitens' exit provides the divided party a chance to reunify at the start of a summer campaign season that will include intense efforts to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Greitens has announced he will resign on Friday.

The resignation comes amid a special session in which the state Legislature is considering impeachment.

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will take over as governor. The governor could also face other state or federal charges. Indeed, as one unnamed legislator put it, "Eric Greitens spent a year calling every Republican in the state corrupt".

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On May 17, Greitens suggested to a crowd of supporters gathered for an agricultural event that he wouldn't give up. The report said Greitens later directed political aides to work off the charity's list to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign - even though he had signed an agreement never to disclose the charity's confidential donor information.

Even as he resigned in disgrace Tuesday, Greitens still couldn't bury his massive ego as he tried to get in a few extra jabs at unnamed enemies who, he suggested, had plotted against him.

Mr. Greitens has admitted the affair but said that it was consensual and that he didn't break any laws. "I believe the most fair and just way to resolve this situation is to dismiss the computer tampering case".

The book described Greitens' experience studying at Duke University and training to be a Navy SEAL.

Greitens was elected governor in 2016, defeating Democrat Chris Koster 51-46 percent. A secretly recorded conversation between the woman he'd had an affair with and her then-husband revealed claims that Greitens had taken a compromising photo of her and was threatening to release it if she told anyone about their illicit relationship. Greitens had previously paid a small fine to the state's Ethics Commission for failing to report it.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy related to the alleged photo.

They also thanked members of a special House investigatory committee and said for their "serious and professional" manner.

The woman told a legislative committee Greitens restrained, slapped, shoved and threatened her during sexual encounters.

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