Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Louis Attorney Says Her Office Has Resolved Criminal Charges Against Greitens

Louis Attorney Says Her Office Has Resolved Criminal Charges Against Greitens

Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned amid his sexual misconduct scandal.

The first-term governor was considered a rising Republican star until allegations emerged he had photographed a naked woman without her consent.

St. Louis Circut Attorney Kim Gardner released a statement Tuesday after Governor Greitens resignation announcement stating that she had been in contact with the Governor's defense team over the past several days and they have reached a 'fair and just resolution of the pending charges'.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who was named special prosecutor after the charge related to his extramarital affair was dropped this month, said her investigation continues.

St. Louis prosecutors dropped the felony charge before Greitens' trial got underway.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens seen at an industrial site in this undated photo from his social media site made available May 30, 2017.

"The politics of this entire circus around Governor Greitens has always been concerning", he said. Greitens says despite the fact he is leaving office, he will continue to love the people of Missouri.

It also could free up money.

Greitens' resignation goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor. Those charges stemmed from an investigation into whether his gubernatorial campaign improperly obtained a list of donors from The Mission Continues, a charity for veterans that Greitens founded and ran until stepping down the year before he began his run for governor.

In his speech, Greitens said he is "not ideal", but maintains he has "not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment".

He continued, "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love". The chairman of the House investigatory committee and an attorney representing the woman's ex-husband both have said they have shared information with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents looking into the governor.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer, suggested less than two weeks ago that he would never quit fighting the allegations against him, even as the Legislature met in special session to consider impeachment.

She claimed Greitens taped her hands to pull-up rings in his basement and then blindfolded her before he took an unauthorized picture on his cell phone.

But Gardner on Wednesday said Greitens has only himself to blame. Claire McCaskill this fall and wouldn't want the albatross of a Republican governor's sex scandal dominating the news during the year of #MeToo.

Most recently a state House investigative committee has been attempting to collect information about another nonprofit organization with close ties to Greitens.

Jean Paul Bradshaw II, a former USA attorney for western Missouri, said the agreement to drop the case represents a "fair resolution" because Greitens' resignation accomplished "the greatest public benefit" possible.

Greitens, a married father of two young boys, repeatedly denied blackmailing the woman. "The Governor's decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow".

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