Heat Increasing on Governor Greitens: Will He Resign?

Heat Increasing on Governor Greitens: Will He Resign?

Heat Increasing on Governor Greitens: Will He Resign?

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley - like Greitens, a Republican - said his office has found evidence the governor obtained and transmitted a donor list from The Mission Continues, a charity the governor founded before taking office.

"Evidence now in our possession would likely support a finding of probable cause that Mr. Greitens obtained an electronic donor list given by the Mission Continues for that organization's internal purposes", Hawley said.

"This provision can be read a couple of different ways, kind of depending upon how you construct that sentence, which I think is going to lead to a legal argument about whether or not this is an impeachable offense under the constitution", said Steve Gaw, an attorney and former Missouri House speaker who served on the state's last impeachment panel.

Hawley said it would be up to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office whether or not to press charges, since the alleged criminal act occurred in the City of St. Louis.

In a statement, Greitens said: "Fortunately for Josh, he's better at press conferences than the law". And worse yet from the governor's point of view, the prosecutor with jurisdiction over these matters is the same one trying to send him to the hoosegow for the privacy and blackmail charge, St. Louis circuit attorney Kim Gardner.

Greitens remains defiant, insisting he is innocent, and that the allegations against him are nothing but "lies and falsehoods", referring to the case as "a political witch hunt". "Mr. Greitens however used that list for political fundraising".

Judge Burlison ordered everything regarding the motion to dismiss to be filed by Wednesday at noon. Gardner is a Democrat, but five of the seven members of the House committee, in addition to Hawley, are Republicans. "We stand ready to assist the Circuit Attorney in any way she may require should she choose to pursue this matter", he says.

The St. Louis Prosecutor's office told 41 Action News they are reviewing the case. "And given the value of the list in question, it is a felony".

His investigation into the governor's former charity, The Mission Continues, is ongoing.




Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens speaks outside the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., May 23, 2017.

This is not a new allegation; it dates back to an October 2016 Associated Press story noting how many donors to Greitens's charity were showing up as donors to Greitens's campaign.

They released the bombshell report on the governor's relationship with his former hairdresser last week.

Hawley was also asked about charges he was conducting this investigation for political reasons to help his Senate campaign.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday that his investigation into a veterans charity founded by Greitens found evidence that Greitens may have committed a felony in his use of its donor list for political purposes.

"I'm doing my job, and my job is to enforce the laws of Missouri and to protect the people of Missouri", he said.

State Rep. Shamed Dogan, a Republican representing the state's 98th District in St. Louis County, took an even harsher stance.

"This office will not be intimidated, and we will not be deterred", Hawley said. An impeachment resolution must be introduced without delay.

Missouri lawmakers are returning to work at the Capitol amid turmoil in Republican Gov. Eric Greitens' office.

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