Parson to take lead as Greitens resigns

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following months of scandal

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks in Palmyra Mo. Jan. 29 2018

Eric Greitens announced in a press conference Tuesday that he is resigning.

Greitens accused those unnamed enemies of engaging in "endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends".

Since Greitens' resignation isn't effective until Friday, the governor still has a lot of power over more than 100 pending pieces of legislation. "But I have not broken any laws or committed any offence worthy of this treatment", he said. Greitens, a first-term Republican, was the subject of two scathing reports released earlier this year by the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight. Greitens is accused of having photographed the woman naked without her consent. Greitens' attorney says the charge is "baseless and unfounded".

In response to the public fallout over his affair, Greitens apologized to Missouri voters but denied allegations of coercion or wrongdoing.

He said he could not "allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love".

He continued, "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love".

Kinder went on to say there has historically, throughout Missouri's statehood, been no provision for the filling of a vacancy in the office of the lieutenant governor.

"The politics of this entire circus around Governor Greitens has always been concerning", he said.

"I will not be resigning the governor's office", Greitens said in April.

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Had Missouri voters known in November 2016 about the sordid extramarital affair that got Greitens into so much trouble, he never would have gotten out of the starting blocks.

Walling said several factors would make a political revival tougher for Greitens than for other scandal-plagued politicians.

"Gov. Mike Parson possesses the integrity his predecessor lacked, and House Democrats will offer him whatever assistance we can as he begins the hard task of restoring credibility to state government", she said.

On Wednesday, as she announced that she was dropping the computer tampering charge, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner pushed back strongly against that characterization.

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.

Two people with close ties to Republican officials in Washington and Missouri told The Associated Press there was no coordinated effort to push Greitens out. Meanwhile, Greitens was indicted on felony charges of computer tampering and invasion of privacy, the latter of which was dropped.

Gardner dropped the charge after a judge ruled she would have to answer questions under oath from Greitens' attorneys, who had attacked her handling of the case.

Greitens, the state's first Jewish governor, is a former Navy SEAL and was before the scandals considering a presidential run.

Greitens made the announcement at 4:30 p.m., saying "the last few months have been incredibly difficult" and an "ordeal" for his family. She said a special prosecutor would refile the case. Then a second criminal investigation resulted in felony charges, alleging the governor improperly used a charity mailing list for fundraising during his campaign.

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