Missouri Governor Eric Greitens resigns amid sex scandal

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"I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love", Greitens said. He has denied threatening to blackmail her and his attorneys noted the alleged photograph has never been produced.

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.

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. But his departure was days in the making, as Greitens wrestled with mounting legal bills and the emotional pressures of defending against possible impeachment and a criminal trial.

Some Republicans were anxious that Greitens' issues could cause problems for GOP Senate candidate and state Attorney General Josh Hawley in his challenge of Democratic U.S. Sen.

"It's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight", he said.

Responding to Grietens' past statements calling the prosecution "a witch hunt" that inflicted pain on his family, Gardener said the governor had brought the charges upon himself "by his actions, his statements, his decisions, his ambition and his pursuit for power". He has said he is innocent and called the relationship consensual.

Eventually, the scandal also unspooled into a separate case looking into the illegal use of a charity donor list to raise campaign funds.

The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens' campaign had obtained a list of individuals, corporations and other nonprofits that had given at least $1,000 to The Mission Continues.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who resigned on Tuesday, had offered to leave office in exchange for dismissal of a felony computer tampering charge against him in a wider scandal, a prosecutor's spokeswoman said on Wednesday. One of the open stipulations states that Greitens has agreed to release Gardner and everyone in her office from civil liability.

"Let there be no doubt, I condemn Eric Greitens' behavior".

Greitens was accused of taking a semi-nude picture of his mistress in 2015 without her permission then transmitting it in a way that made it computer accessible.

The legislative investigation had requested numerous documents from Greitens political campaign and from A New Missouri, Inc., the secretive nonprofit formed by his campaign aides to advocate for his agenda.

Roe said Greitens had been prepared for a two-stage fight.

The governor was indicted in February with invasion of privacy, but the charge was dropped this month, with the proviso that it could be re-filed.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced Wednesday that she would dismiss the charge. Some considered him a potential future presidential contender.

The governor, who also served as a White House fellow and wrote a best-selling book, entered the 2016 gubernatorial race as an outsider.

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