Transcript of Greitens resignation speech

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Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will be sworn in as Missouri's governor after Eric Greitens resigns on Friday.

Prior to taking office, Greitens had pledged to root out "corrupt career politicians", but his brief, 17-month tenure was plagued by scandal.

February 22 - A grand jury in St. Louis indicts the governor on a felony invasion of privacy charge for taking and transmitting the alleged photo.

The charge was dropped earlier this month, but a special prosecutor has been considering whether to refile it. Greitens is accused of using a donor's list from the Mission Continues Charity that he founded to help raise money during his campaign.

Greitens, a former Navy SEAL commando, faced the possibility of becoming the first Missouri governor to be impeached as the Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly began a special session on May 18 to consider what disciplinary steps to take against him.

Greitens then took a photo of her, she said, before telling her: "You're not going to mention my name". But his departure was days in the making, as Greitens wrestled with mounting legal bills and the emotional pressures of defending against possible impeachment and a criminal trial. He's also a former Missouri sheriff.

Some Republicans were anxious that Greitens' issues could cause problems for GOP Senate candidate and state Attorney General Josh Hawley in his challenge of Democratic U.S. Sen.

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Baker said in a statement Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and will continue "until our work on the case is completed".

Missouri lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign following a report that an affair he had was at times violent and non-consensual.

Gov. Mike Parson says the resignation of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens "will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a hard time".

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. The second report focuses on allegations that Greitens wrongfully obtained a charity donor list to fundraise for political purposes. And, she insisted of the two cases she brought against the governor, "These cases were not pursued at the expense of my office's priorities". Saying most of the deal was sealed and could not be discussed, Ryan said the most impactful part of it was Greitens saying he would furnish his resignation in exchange for the charge being dropped.

The legislative investigation had requested numerous documents from Greitens political campaign and from A New Missouri, Inc., the secretive nonprofit formed by his campaign aides to advocate for his agenda.

"Let there be no doubt, I condemn Eric Greitens' behavior". Greitens had hoped to be acquitted, which Roe said would have allowed him to mount a full defense against the potential House impeachment proceedings.

The 44-year-old Greitens was a political novice when elected governor in 2016.

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