Eric Greitens, Missouri governor, to resign

Eric Greitens, Missouri governor, to resign

Eric Greitens, Missouri governor, to resign

Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday while facing a criminal charge and a legislative investigation that could have led to impeachment. The state's reins will go to Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican.

Greitens was elected in 2016, and served roughly 17 months in office.

"This is a non-issue", said Tom Schuette, co-head of investment research and strategy at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management.

During one sexual encounter between the two, the woman said he "smacked me and grabbed me and shoved me down on the ground".

The state carries triple-A ratings from S&P Global Ratings, Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service.

"May god continue to bless you and to bless the great state of Missouri", he said.

Howard Cure, director of municipal bond research at Evercore Wealth Management LLC, said the absence of financial misconduct in the allegations against the governor helps insulate the state's credit quality.

"We believe the Governor has put the best interest of Missourians first today by choosing to resign". "The state has a reputation as being fiscally conservative with strong finances and a low pension liability".

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".

Greitens also was indicted on felony invasion of privacy in February in St. Louis, stemming from an extramarital affair in 2015.

Greitens has denied all these allegations, saying that the relationship was consensual.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement to local media on Tuesday that she has been in contact with the governor's defense team and that she has "reached a fair and just resolution of the pending charges". The charge was dropped in early May, but Special Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is now deciding whether or not to refile.

Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, D-St.

On Tuesday, Greitens remained defiant even while resigning.

Gardner in April charged Greitens with computer tampering.

On Wednesday, Gardner disputed Greitens' past statements that she had been engaged in a politically motivated witch hunt against him.

The recording was released by the woman's ex-husband without her knowledge, and it launched a criminal investigation into possible sexual assault and blackmail. A county probe is continuing.

Greitens' surprise announcement came hours after a ruling by a Cole County judge that would force the governor's campaign and a dark-money political group affiliated with Greitens to reveal fundraising information to a special House committee that was investigating the governor.

"Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends, legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers, and it's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there's no end in sight".

"This ordeal has been created to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family - millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", he said in a brief statement from his Jefferson City office, his voice breaking at times. "But I've not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment".

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