Special prosecutor says Greitens probe continues

Marsha Scott
June 2, 2018

Republican State Senator Rob Schaaf from St. Joseph's 34th District had been one of the governor's toughest critics and was glad to see Greitens' resignation. In that, the woman describes how Greitens allegedly bound her hands, blindfolded her and took a compromising photo while threatening that he would distribute it if she ever spoke of their encounter.

Greitens' resignation comes just two weeks after a speech in which he recalled his grueling SEAL training and asserted he would never stop fighting. "If Mr. Greitens were convicted of this charge, it would be unlikely that he would be sentenced to prison given his first-time offender status and the type and level of the charge he face".

The prosecutor's office in St. Louis will drop a felony charge of computer data tampering against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, now that the Republican governor has announced his resignation. But one response from St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, in her own words, "missed the mark".

A former Greitens campaign adviser also told a state House investigative committee that the campaign had considered soliciting donations from foreign nationals, according to the newspaper. State Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh said Greitens still needed to answer for the scandals. Greitens is accused of having photographed the woman naked without her consent. So much money, so much stress, such strain on his young family.

The Republican had been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal and an investigation into campaign finance violations.

Gardner ended her statement with an uplifting call for unity: "It's time for us to come together, to heal the wounds of the city and state, to build a place where people feel they are heard..." "By his decisions, his ambition, his pursuit for power", Gardner said.

Greitens' attorney Jim Martin acknowledged reaching out to Gardner to resolve the issue.

"I have been in contact with the Governor's defense team over the past several days", she said in a statement. "Most people don't get this deal".

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

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a photo of the woman without her consent at his home in 2015, before he was elected governor. Special prosecutor Jean Peters Baker plans to take a second look at the invasion of privacy case.

Martin said he expected the remaining charge to be resolved soon, but he offered no details.

So, with Greitens gone, the Missouri state GOP can breathe a sigh of relief that this fiasco is over.

It also happened on the same day a judge ordered Greitens to turn over information related to campaign payments he received from a group named A New Missouri.

"It's clear for the forces that oppose us, there's no end in sight", he said. But the specter of those charges being refiled hampered what Greitens could say and do on both fronts, Roe said.

"Specifically regarding any deals we made with Governor Greitens' attorneys, no deals were made by my office".

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