Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has been charged with theft of criminal charges in connection with his alleged use of a donation list from his charity for his 2016 governor's campaign, according to the State Attorney General.
It's the second crime the Republicans have in Missouri. Greitens is also facing charges based on allegations from his former lover, who claims he has taped her hands, put a blindfold on her, taken a partial bare photo of her and then threatened to publish the photo, if she mentions his name a committee report from the Missouri House.
This indictment relates to invasion of privacy because it allegedly took a wholly or partially naked photograph and then "transferred the image on the photo to allow access to that image via a computer."
He is facing criminal charges on May 1
Greitens & # 39; s lawyers had filed an application for dismissal of this indictment, but a judge ruled on Thursday that this case could continue.
The final indictment was that Greitens obtained an electronic donor list without the permission of the charitable organization "Mission Continues" he founded, and then used that list for political fundraising as he prepared to run for governorship.
Greitens started the organization in 2007, but left it in 2014 before becoming a governor.
The governor has denied all allegations, but he has imposed a fine on the Ethics Committee because he did not report the list as a donation in kind for the disclosure of election campaigns.
Several elected officials in the state, including GOP leaders in both chambers of state legislation. In addition, both Senate candidates – incumbent Democratic Senator Clarie McCaskill and her GOP opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley – have asked Greitens to resign.
The controversy surrounding Greitens, once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, has consumed Missouri politics.
On Tuesday, Greitens tweeted that he would not resign from the governorship and said he will be innocent in court.
I will not leave the governor's office. In three weeks, this matter will go to a court – where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence. Until then, I will do what the Missouri people sent me here to serve and work hard for them.
– Eric Greitens April 18, 2018
Hawley's office announced Tuesday that his office has found evidence of a crime from Greitens in an investigation involving veteran utility. He handed it to St. Louis District Attorney Kim Gardner, who is in charge of the case. It was her decision to burden Greitens.
Hawley said in a statement Friday that his office was ready to help when needed.
"St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner reviewed the evidence handed to her by my office and noted that there is likely to be a reason to file a lawsuit against the governor, and the office is ready for the Circuit Attorney Office These are serious charges – and an important reminder that no one in Missouri is above the law – like all defendants, Governor Greitens is declared innocent until proven guilty, "he said.
The governor fights for his political life.
But a Missouri State House Committee released last week a bombing report of an alleged non-consensual sexual encounter with its former barber.
Greitens has admitted that it is amicable. He claims he is the victim of a "witch hunt".
It is expected that this bipartisan committee of inquiry – consisting of five Republicans and two Democrats – will publish a second report on the charity next week.
State House officials also said that they could hold a special session after May's regular legislature to focus on the governor's impeachment.