Parson to take lead as Greitens resigns

Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is set to RESIGN

Parson released a statement saying, "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".

Gov. Eric Greitens, mired in a scandal over an extramarital affair and allegations of campaign-finance violations, announced his resignation, effective Friday, at a hastily called news conference as an impeachment effort in the Legislature gained momentum.

"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", the 44-year-old said at Tuesday's news conference.

First, on January 10, he admitted to the world that he had an extramarital affair and denied associated claims that he blackmailed his mistress by allegedly photographing her in a compromising position and threatening to disseminate the image.

St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the criminal invasion of privacy charge against Greitens on May 14 before his trial got under way but said it would be refiled.

In late April, Greitens was indicted on a felony charge of computer tampering tied to his campaign's alleged use of a charity donor list.

The Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly on May 18 began a special session to consider what disciplinary steps to take against the first-term Republican governor, including possible impeachment.

The woman said she met Greitens in 2013 when he became a client at the hair salon where she worked, according to the report.

Even though he's quitting amid scandal, some Greitens voters said they still like him. "Legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers, and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight".

"This ordeal has been created to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family", said the defiant governor, who had repeatedly called the investigations against him a "witch hunt", borrowing a favorite phrase of President Donald Trump.

"It's time for all of us to come together", Gardner said. That charge stemmed from allegations that Greitens had photographed the woman while she was bound and partially nude in his basement.

Also being investigated is The Mission Continues, a veterans charity founded by Greitens, as it relates to the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says she is dropping her office's remaining criminal case against Governor Eric Greitens, one day after the governor announced his resignation.

"I will let the fairness of this process be judged by history", he said.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy related to the alleged photo.

In the computer tampering case stemming from questionable fundraising activities, Greitens offered to leave office if Gardner would dismiss the charge, prosecutor's spokeswoman Susan Ryan said.

Earlier Tuesday, a judge also ruled that a secretive pro-Greitens nonprofit group called A New Missouri must comply with a legislative subpoena for any documents or communications showing potential coordination between the organization, Greitens and his campaign committee.

Greitens was elected governor in 2016, defeating Democrat Chris Koster 51-46 percent.

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