Missouri governor offered to resign if charges dropped
02 June, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Dustin Murphy
With Governor Greitens' decision to resign from office, he has put the best interests of our state and all Missourians at the forefront where they belong.
"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", he said, adding that he had not broken any laws or committed any crimes. She did not take questions after reading her statement.
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. Those charges stem from his alleged use of a donor list from a charity he founded, The Mission Continues, to benefit his campaign.
Then less than two weeks ago, the Missouri Legislature began meeting in special session to consider whether to pursue impeachment proceedings to try to oust Greitens from office. But, she says, details won't be released until Wednesday (5/30).
Greitens' resignation also allows him to avoid the distinction of becoming the first Missouri governor to be impeached. Greitens' legal bills had grown to a couple of million dollars, and his campaign staffers also were facing legal bills because of subpoenas from a House investigation.
State Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh said Greitens still needed to answer for the scandals, however.
Gardner declined to comment on that second charge, saying that it's in the hands of the special prosecutor.
Mr. Greitens has admitted the affair but said that it was consensual and that he didn't break any laws.
"Now it's time for all of us to come together", Gardner said Wednesday.
A complaint also remains pending at the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Greitens filed a false campaign report past year about the source of the charity donor list.
"This is not the end of our fight", Greitens said.
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'. "I will let the fairness of this process be judged by history".
Earlier Tuesday, a judge had ordered a pro-Greitens political group to turn over to the Legislature documents that could show banned coordination between Mr. Greitens, his campaign committee and the group, A New Missouri.
Greitens said his resignation would take effect Friday.
He was first focused on the invasion-of-privacy charge, which was dropped during jury selection.
Missouri's attorney general, Josh Hawley, a Republican, however backed Gardner's charge last month and said: "These are serious charges - and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri". Some considered him a potential future presidential contender.
Greitens was elected in 2016, and served roughly 17 months in office.
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