Those explosive allegations prompted St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner to indict Greitens on charges of first-degree felony invasion of privacy in February, and they also convinced the state legislature to commence its own investigation.
Greitens's mistress, who has not been publicly identified, claimed that he took a photo of her partially nude, bound and blindfolded, without her permission, and threatened to release the photo if the affair became public. The charge was dropped in early May, but Special Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker is now deciding whether or not to refile.
Missouri's attorney general, Josh Hawley, a Republican, however backed Gardner's charge last month and said: "These are serious charges - and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri".
"It is time for us to move on and help the state of Missouri move back to the business of governing", she said in a mid-morning press conference. 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. A special prosecutor assigned to the case said on Tuesday that her investigation will continue, according to local media.
The governor admitted to being involved in an extramarital affair with the woman, but denied doing anything illegal or criminal. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor. He also faced a separate charge of felony computer tampering relating to the alleged misuse of a donor list belonging to his veterans charity, The Mission Continues. The first details accusations made by a woman with whom he was having an affair.
Mr Greitens said he had not broken any laws. "I can't allow those forces to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love". A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline.
Though Greitens had believed he could beat both a criminal charge and impeachment, "he couldn't see the end without an vast financial and personal price to pay", Roe told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Greitens, a former Navy SEAL officer, suggested less than two weeks ago that he would never quit fighting the allegations, even as the Legislature considered impeachment.
"There has been no witch hunt", Gardner said.
"But sometimes, pursuing charges is not the right or just thing to do for our city or state", she said.
"It has been a great honor and a privilege to serve as your governor". "I wish incoming Governor Mike Parson well, and stand ready to assist him in his transition". Like Gardner, the special prosecutor is a Democrat.