Republican Governor Who Is Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Just Got Charged With a Felony In Separate Case
Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who faces increasing pressure to resign, has been charged a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign. St. Louis prosecutors filed the charges on Friday, several news outlets reported.
The development adds to the embattled first-term governor’s legal problems. He was previously accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a nude woman with whom he had an extramarital affair in 2015. She testified that Greitens restrained, slapped, grabbed, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.
The new charge accuses Greitens of disclosing the donor list from The Mission Continues in 2015 without permission from the St. Louis-based charity that Greitens founded.
The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens’ campaign obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues and raised nearly $2 million from donors who were on it.
The charge intensifies the feud between Greitens and Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Greitens has called her a “reckless liberal prosecutor” for leading the investigation that resulted in the invasion-of-privacy charge.
Greitens has denied committing any crimes and vowed to remain in office, calling the investigations into him a “political witch hunt.” On Friday, he accused Gardner, a Democrat, of wasting “thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars.”
“Her original case is falling apart — so today, she’s brought a new one,” Greitens said in a statement. “By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me.”
However, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican whose office has been investigating The Mission Continues, announced Tuesday that he had found evidence to support a felony charge against Greitens.
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty cited the new charge as additional grounds for lawmakers to try to quickly remove Greitens from office.
“One way or another, Eric Greitens’ short tenure as Missouri governor is about to end. The only person who doesn’t understand that is Eric Greitens,” Beatty said. “Since he will not resign, the House of Representatives must immediately begin impeachment proceedings.”