Missouri Gov. Greitens Charged with Second Felony

Governor Eric Greitens

Governor Eric Greitens

Greitens has insisted that he will not resign, however - tweeting last week that "this matter will go to a court of law - where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence".

The charges come after Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday that his office had evidence Greitens used an electronic donor list for political fundraising.

Hawley's office has said that its investigation into The Mission Continues began after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in February that it had obtained a copy of an email indicating that a Greitens' employee who previously worked at the charity had shared the donor list in January 2015 with Michael Hafner, who had been working for Greitens' gubernatorial exploratory committee, and Danny Laub, Greitens' first campaign manager. These are serious charges-and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri.

According to the court document, the president of the charity told an investigator Greitens and the person who got the list did not have permission to use the list for political purposes.

The Associated Press first reported in October 2016 that Greitens' campaign obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues and raised almost $2 million from donors who were on it.

Gardner alleges that a worker at the Greitens charity gave a donor list to the governor's campaign. "This allegation is absurd, and Eric will be found innocent of this accusation in court".

"St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner reviewed the evidence turned over to her by my office and determined that there is probable cause to file criminal charges against the Governor".

"Her case is falling apart - so today, she's brought a new one", Greitens said. Give me a break.

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Hawley said his office also obtained permission to share the evidence with the Missouri House Investigative Committee and that his office's investigation into Greitens will proceed.

The governor later filed requests for a restraining order against Hawley and a special prosecutor in The Mission Continues case.

Greitens is also facing a felony charge for invasion of privacy over allegations that he took a photo of a partially nude woman without her consent.

Court documents say Greitens "acted with others" when he took and used data specifically owned by The Mission Continues for the the goal of soliciting funds for his political campaign. By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me.

A St. Louis judge on Thursday denied a motion by Greitens' attorneys to dismiss the privacy charge against him. His attorneys, in court hearings and filings, have painted a picture of an incompetent prosecutor who rather than working with police to investigate Greitens hired a private investigator who bungled the probe, hid evidence and lied to the court.

Greitens' attorney, Ed Dowd, called the charge absurd. Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but the Mission Continues still has the list. "I think it's incumbent upon us in the house that we move as swiftly as possible with the impeachment process for the sake of the state".

House Minority Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, has already introduced a resolution to begin impeachment proceedings.

"Prosecutors found probable cause to believe that Governor Greitens violated Missouri State Statute 569.095 that was in place at the time of the incident", the office said in the release. So he handed the evidence over to Gardner, who only had a few days to make a decision on whether to charge Greitens.

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