Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., February 22, 2018.
Greitens' administration was thrown into chaos the night of January 10, when a St. Louis TV station aired a report about Greitens allegedly taking the compromising photo and threatening to blackmail the woman if she ever spoke of their encounter. Baker, the special prosecutor now tasked with looking into the invasion of privacy case, issued a statement last night indicating that her investigation remains active.
"I believe the most fair and just way to resolve the situation, is to dismiss the computer tampering case", Gardner said.
Reporters gather in the Governor's Office for a press conference in which Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation.
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. "I do not celebrate his downfall, but I am hopeful that we can begin a new chapter with Governor Mike Parson", she said.
It also could free up money.
Greitens, 44, said his resignation will be effective Friday at 5 p.m.
Greitens has denied criminal wrongdoing. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.More news: Kerala to reduce on petrol and diesel by Re 1
Mr Greitens said he had not broken any laws.
He continued, "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love".
The accuser's disturbing allegations were detailed in a report by a Special Investigative Committee on Oversight of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Several elected officials from both sides of the aisle had called for Greitens to resign.
The woman's then-husband released a secretly recorded conversation in which she described the affair.
Had the governor been convicted, Gardner said, it was unlikely that he would be sentenced to prison, given the type of charge he faced and the fact that he would be a first-time offender.
Republican reaction Tuesday in the state echoed Mr. Hawley's comments that the governor had "done the right thing". Thanks in part to claims and counterclaims of misconduct and a push from Greitens' legal team to remove Gardner from the case, the whole mess got dropped into the lap of a special prosecutor from Jackson County.
The state legislature's investigation had expanded to probe potential campaign finance violations, as questions swirled about whether the governor's campaign illegally coordinated with a non-profit organization to hide the identity of political donors. "The Governor's decision today honors that duty and allows Missouri to move forward toward a better tomorrow".