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Governor Call of Duty Resigns in Deal With Prosecutors

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced his resignation yesterday and, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, his resignation was part of a deal with local prosecutors.

Greitens' lawyers reportedly reached out to prosecutors and set up the resignation.

That plan came to fruition this week, with the governor's abrupt announcement Tuesday that he'd leave office by the end of the week, and Gardner dropping the computer tampering charge he faced in St. Louis.

Gardner, a Democrat, announced the dismissal Wednesday during a press conference at the Carnahan Courthouse. Her office had charged Greitens, a Republican, on April 20 with illegally using a donor list from Greitens' former charity for political fundraising toward his 2016 run for the state's highest office.

While the charge for grifting from a veterans charity has been dropped in exchange for his resignation, that doesn't mean Greitens is legally out of the woods.

Greitens is still under investigation by a special prosecutor who could file charges against him for taking photos of and sexually assaulting his former hairdresser in Greitens' home basement.

Personally, I'm just shocked that a lunatic who featured guns and explosions in his campaign ads alongside messages that said he would "take aim" at the government would do such a crazy thing. There's gambling in here.

  • notoriousbob

    A big piece of this pie was that a judge had just ordered records be turned over regarding the dark money groups that have been propping up his campaign and funding his travel, etc. So part of this story is that a Governor would rather resign than disclose who is funding his operations.

  • Aynwrong

    May it hit him where the good Lord split him.

  • muselet

    Missouri is half a continent away from where I live. I will still feel better as of 5 pm on Friday, knowing Eric Greitens will no longer be in office.

    Good riddance.

    –alopecia