Gov. Greitens announced his retirement at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Greitens,
The 44-year-old's brief press conference talked about the investigation and the tribute he inflicted on him, his family and his friends.
"I came into office to fight for the people of Missouri … I am grateful to all those who worked beside me, who were sweating next to me, who provided their time, energy and valuable resources so that we could lead Missouri in a new and better direction, "he said. "The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, my family, my team, my friends, and many, many people … This ordeal has been designed to inflict an incredible burden on my family … endless personal attacks, the families and maximum harm to friends. "
" We must, as we have always done, work to improve the lives around us … I'll always be a fighter for the people of Missouri. It's time "Taking care of the injured and caring for those who need us most," said Greitens emotionally.
Even when resigning, he remained defiant.
"I am not perfect, but I have not broken any laws or insults that deserve this treatment," said Greitens. "I will let the fairness of this process be judged by history."
Greitens, 44, did not accept any questions from reporters after his brief statement. He has taken the oath as head of Missouri almost 1
He was involved in an affair with his former barber. Considered an aspiring star in the Republican Party, he spent nearly six months fighting in the officer corps after the affair became known in January during a television reportage aired immediately after his State of the State speech. Investigations into his behavior by prosecutors and lawmakers began with allegations that resulted from the affair, and expanded into questions about whether he violated election campaign financing laws.
Reaction to Greitens's Resignation
Missouri Justice Minister Josh Hawley says Greitens "did the right thing" by announcing his resignation.
The Republican leaders at Missouri House say GOP Gov. Eric Greitens had "given the best interest in the decision of the state's residents to resign."
House spokesman Todd Richardson, spokesman Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and majority leader Rob Vescovo issued a joint statement on Tuesday, shortly after Greitens had announced on Friday
They said as public employees that their duty was to emphasize the best interests of the people. "The governor's decision honors this duty today and allows Missouri to move forward."
The three Leaders also pledged to ensure a smooth transition
They also thanked members of a special investigative committee of the House and said they were "serious and professional" in nature.
Hawley, Ike Greitens, a Republican, said in a brief note Declaration that he wishes Parson all the best as he prepares for the transition to governor Hawley says he's ready to help with the transition. Hawley Runs to Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill
A former Missouri governor says the next head of state will be "worthy of this new responsibility".
Ex-Republican Governor Matt Blunt issued a statement Tuesday praising Parson
Blunt said that Parson will work with the Republican-controlled legislature to advance the state. Greitens has had a sometimes rocky relationship with lawmakers. Blunt also noted that Parson is a former County Sheriff and called Parson a "Law and Order Leader." Blunt served a term as governor of Missouri, from 2005 to 2009.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says Missouri's governor Eric Greitens' resignation is "the best decision for his family and the state"
The Republican senator said Tuesday that he looks forward to working with GOP Gov Mike Parson and "will do anything to help." Blunt previously denied Greitens's resignation and said that legal and legislative processes should take their course.
Greitens indictment and indictment
A St. Louis grand jury accused Greitens on February 22 for a crime for breach of privacy because he allegedly made a photo of a woman in her apartment in 2015 without her consent before becoming a governor was chosen. The indictment was rejected in the selection of the jury, but a special investigator considered whether he should bring charges.
In April, the local prosecutor of St. Louis Greitens charged with another crime for abusing the donor list for a charity He had founded to raise money for his 2016 campaign.
Less than two weeks ago, the Missouri legislature began to meet in a special session to consider whether to pursue impeachment to try to expel Greitens from office.
A special house The investigative body had summoned Greitens to testify the following Monday.
Greiten's exposure alienated some GOP legislators even before his affair became known in January.
The then husband of the woman published a secret recorded conversation in which she described the alleged incident. The woman later told a Missouri House Investigation Committee that Greitens had held her back, beaten, pushed, and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that sometimes cried and frightened her.
Greitens said the allegations were a "political witch hunt". and. But the release of the report sparked a firestorm in which both Republicans and Democrats demanded his resignation.
The government of Greitens was plunged into chaos on the night of January 10 when a St Louis television station aired a report on Greiten's compromising photo and threatened to blackmail the woman if she ever spoke of her encounter. The report aired shortly after Greitens delivered his address to the legislature.
Greitens admitted having an affair, but punished any criminal misconduct. He said the crime was politically motivated and called Miami District Attorney Kim Gardner a "reckless liberal prosecutor."
Legislators of both parties began immediately to question whether Greitens could continue to lead the state of the scandal. The House approved the legislative inquiry a week after the indictment.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley also launched an investigation into a veterans charity founded by Greitens. Federal Laws 501 (c) (3) Charities such as The Mission continue to intervene in political campaigns on behalf of candidates.
The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greiten's campaign included a list of individuals, companies, and other nonprofit organizations that have given at least $ 1,000 to The Mission Continues. The AP reported that Greitens had raised about $ 2 million from those who had previously given significant sums to the charity
Hawley, a Republican candidate for the US Senate, handed Gardner on April 17 that he believed Greitens broke the law. Her office accused him of manipulating computer data to purportedly disclose the donor list without the charity's permission.
A report from a special committee of inquiry on May 2 showed that Greitens himself received the donor list and later instructed help collect money for his governorship campaign. A former campaigner testified that he had been tricked into taking the case when the campaign tried to explain how the list came about.
The charge for breach of privacy explained that on March 21, 2015, Greitens photographed the woman and broadcast The Photo "in a way that allowed access to this image via a computer."
During her testimony to the House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry, the woman said that Greitens had invited her to her home and offered to show her how to properly pull-up. "The woman said she thought first," this will be a kind of sexy workout. "But once in his cellar, Greiden stuck her hands to pull-ups, blindfolded her, and began kissing and undressing her without consent.
Then she saw a flash and heard a click, like a cell phone picture, she said The woman testified that Greitens said to her, "Do not mention my name to anyone at all, because if you do that, I'll take these pictures, and I'll post them anywhere I can. They're going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are.
Greitens, a married father of two little boys, repeatedly denied extorting the woman and declined to say whether he took a picture.
Greitens, who had also served as a member of the White House and wrote a bestselling book, entered the governors' race as an outsider in 2016. He won an expensive Republican champion and beat Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in the parliamentary elections to give the Republicans control of the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years. Some considered him a potential future candidate for the president.
Republicans also controlled the Missouri House and the Senate, but there were frequent clashes between legislators and Greitens who compared them to third-year students and described them as "career politicians." [19659003TheministercriticizedsomeeducatorsandlawmakersbecausetheyworkedtofilltheStateBoardofEducationwithmemberswhoshoulddismisstheEducationOfficerGreitens'usingasecretappthatdeletesmessagesafterthey'rereadalsotriggeredareportfromHawley