MO Governor Eric Greitens Resigns

 

After months fighting a growing sex and corruption scandal, and his own party leaders calling for his resignation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stepped down Tuesday in a press conference. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my team, for my friends, and many, many people whom I love,” he said, saying he was the victim of “legal harassment.”

“I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment,” he asserted. “I love Missouri and I love our people. That love remains.”

The announcement came hours after damaging testimony by a former campaign aide to a House committee investigating Greitens, and a separate ruling by a judge forcing the governor’s campaign to reveal fundraising information.

Greitens’s troubles began in January, when local press revealed a 2015 affair between him and his former hairdresser. He had allegedly taken partially nude photos of her without consent and was accused of using them as blackmail. There were also several allegations of physical abuse. Greitens was indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony invasion of privacy.

In April, the St. Louis prosecutor’s office charged Greitens with a campaign finance felony, alleging improper use of a charity donor list. Then, earlier this month, the Missouri Legislature began consideration of impeachment proceedings. A House committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify on Monday.

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Finally.

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  2. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Reportedly, his fellow special team members hated him. 

    Feels like a personality disorder. 

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  3. Max Ledoux Admin
    Max Ledoux
    @Max

    JEFFERSON CITY • A police detective who examined Gov. Eric Greitens’ phone told a panel of lawmakers Friday there was no evidence of a photograph a woman claims the governor took of her at the start of their 2015 affair.

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  4. Quake Voter Inactive
    Quake Voter
    @QuakeVoter

    Reagan, a smart man, had a barber not a hairdresser.

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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Reagan, a smart man, had a barber not a hairdresser.

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    Another reason to appreciate the Greatest President of the Twentieth Century.

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  6. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    As a reminder, Senator Ted Stevens was falsely prosecuted and convicted, with Senator McCain and Governor Palin demanding his resignation, a week before the 2008 election.

    After the politically useful damage had been done, replacing a senior Republican Senator with a junior Democrat, federal district judge Emmit G. Sullivan not only overturned the wrongful conviction, but also took the extraordinary step of ordering the federal prosecutors, involved in the case, be investigated.

    In an extraordinarily rare move, he ordered an inquiry into the prosecutors’ handling of the case. Judge Sullivan insisted that the misconduct allegations were “too serious and too numerous” to be left to an internal Justice Department investigation. He appointed Washington lawyer Henry F. Schuelke III of Janis, Schuelke & Wechsler to investigate whether members of the trial team should be prosecuted for criminal contempt.

    The investigation of the prosecutors took three years, resulting in a 500 page report that found:

    The investigation and prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens were permeated by the systematic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated Senator Stevens’s defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness.

    Naturally, no federal prosecutor faced prosecution. However, one of Stevens’ prosecutors committed suicide while under investigation.

    Between the Stevens case, the Duke lacrosse case, and the Baltimore police prosecutions, perhaps we should be cautious about public presentations of cases based on prosecutors’ claims. I am deeply cynical about the moral status of Republican calls for resignations of beleaguered party members, remembering the Stevens case.

    As Politico reported in 2009,

    Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said … “I never called for him to step down or resign or anything like that. I think those who did might regret it now. Obviously, he was treated unfairly in that the Justice Department made a big error.”

    Asked Wednesday if he regretted calling for Stevens’ resignation, [Senator] McCain said: “I know he and his family are relieved.” Asked the question a second time, McCain said the same thing again: “I know that he and his family are relieved.”

    See further on political prosecutions here.

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  7. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Finally.

    Sigh. I liked Eric Greitens. 

     

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  8. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin
    @TheCloakedGaijin

    I thought he should have resigned.

    Then I heard about the “Greitens’ ex-lover said illicit photo may have been ‘a dream'” article on the radio.

    Haven’t we heard that one before?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/09/missouri-gov-greitens-ex-lover-said-illicit-photo-may-have-been-dream-documents-say.html

    “I don’t know if it’s because I’m remembering it through a dream or I — I’m not sure…”

    (The only witness doesn’t seem very solid to me.  Aren’t people with traumatic sexual blackmail stories experience usually a bit more confident?)

    However, I didn’t bother to investigate the details.

    Greitens is a former Democrat and a Navy Seal.  He was a threat.  The Democrats needed him gone.  He wasn’t completely faithful in his marriage — so now he’s gone.

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  9. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    I am suspicious that he is innocent simply because I’ve watched the Democrats “take out,” for lack of a better term, at the local level some extremely qualified and accomplished Republicans. I’d say the more impressive a Republican is, the more likely there will be a full-on assault by the local Democratic Party establishment to hurt him or her. The Democrats seem to get behind their candidates–but, of course, no one really goes after them in the same determined way in the first place–while Republicans immediately distance themselves from someone accused of something. 

    As soon as I saw this guy’s brief biography on Wikipedia, I thought, “Well, he is too impressive. He’s gotta go. Never upstage the local Democrats.” Missouri is a largely Democratic Party state: 

    Eric Robert Greitens , born April 10, 1974, is an American politician and former Navy SEAL who is the 56th and current Governor of Missouri, serving since January 2017.

    Born and raised in St. Louis, Greitens earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. During his four tours of duty as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer, he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander, commanded a unit targeting Al-Qaeda, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Later, after serving as a White House Fellow, Greitens founded a nonprofit organization, The Mission Continues, to serve veterans. Time included him in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.

    Greitens joined the Republican Party in 2015 after having been a Democrat. He ran for Governor of Missouri as a Republican in 2016. After defeating three opponents in the Republican primaries, he faced state Attorney General Chris Koster, whom he defeated in the general election.

     

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  10. Nick H Coolidge
    Nick H
    @NickH

    Kate Braestrup (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Finally.

    Sigh. I liked Eric Greitens.

     

    I did too, before the news of the affair came out. My parents still live in MO, and they’ve been pretty disgusted with how he handled it. 

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  11. Nick H Coolidge
    Nick H
    @NickH

    MarciN (View Comment):
    Missouri is a largely Democratic Party state

    Not really. The two big cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, are predictably blue, but the next biggest city, Springfield, is very conservative. For a long time Missouri was considered the bellwether state for Presidential elections since the winner of the state matched the national winner for most of the 20th century. But in the past 20 years it’s gotten much more conservative overall and is now pretty reliably Republican. 

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  12. Marley's Ghost Coolidge
    Marley's Ghost
    @MarleysGhost

    I just want to understand a few aspects of this whole situation, someone please correct anything I have read or heard that is just plain wrong.

    1. Woman files charges about illicit affair…AFTER her husband found out she had slept with governor.  In her explanation to her husband about why she cheated on him she tells the tale of essentially being coerced into the affair, which she revealed to him ONLY after he discovered that she had cheated on him.

    2. Woman says that the governor tied her up, took photos, and threatened to reveal them unless they continued affair.  She can show NO proof that she was tied up, that the governor coerced her, and there are NO photos either in her possession or his of this woman in a compromising position.

    3. Governor says, “Yep we had an affair, and nope I didn’t coerce anyone.”  Police have checked out phone and computer and can find NO evidence of photo or digital evidence, that after the alleged verbal threat, that coercion occurred.

    If the above points are reasonably accurate then I am trying to figure out why in the world ANYONE believes this woman.  People who get caught cheating make up all sorts of stories to try and throw the shade off themselves and entirely onto the other person in the affair.  Short of any hard evidence this shouldn’t even have gotten past initial investigative stage.

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  13. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Nick H (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):
    Missouri is a largely Democratic Party state

    Not really. The two big cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, are predictably blue, but the next biggest city, Springfield, is very conservative. For a long time Missouri was considered the bellwether state for Presidential elections since the winner of the state matched the national winner for most of the 20th century. But in the past 20 years it’s gotten much more conservative overall and is now pretty reliably Republican.

    I did not know that. Thank you. 

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  14. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Maybe all Republicans should step down. 

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  15. cdor Member
    cdor
    @cdor

    Marley’s Ghost (View Comment):

    I just want to understand a few aspects of this whole situation, someone please correct anything I have read or heard that is just plain wrong.

    1. Woman files charges about illicit affair…AFTER her husband found out she had slept with governor. In her explanation to her husband about why she cheated on him she tells the tale of essentially being coerced into the affair, which she revealed to him ONLY after he discovered that she had cheated on him.

    2. Woman says that the governor tied her up, took photos, and threatened to reveal them unless they continued affair. She can show NO proof that she was tied up, that the governor coerced her, and there are NO photos either in her possession or his of this woman in a compromising position.

    3. Governor says, “Yep we had an affair, and nope I didn’t coerce anyone.” Police have checked out phone and computer and can find NO evidence of photo or digital evidence, that after the alleged verbal threat, that coercion occurred.

    If the above points are reasonably accurate then I am trying to figure out why in the world ANYONE believes this woman. People who get caught cheating make up all sorts of stories to try and throw the shade off themselves and entirely onto the other person in the affair. Short of any hard evidence this shouldn’t even have gotten past initial investigative stage.

    I cannot say for sure, but this seems like just one more case of Republicans running for cover as a first instinct when one of their own is attacked by the Democrats. All charges against him were dropped by the State for lack of evidence. Another prosecutor out of St Louis then attempted a politically paid for prosecution of Greitens that lasted about 5 minutes before he dropped the charges. Now there are some campaign fund misuse or mailing list misuse that people are trying to dredge up. The guy fought and fought with no one having his back. He finally gave up yesterday. Just as we see here on Ricochet, Republicans have a tendency to bail while Democrats circle the wagons. We can not afford to continually give up ground already won and still stay on top.

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  16. Kate Braestrup Member
    Kate Braestrup
    @GrannyDude

    I share your suspicions. I’m inclined to support Greitens. 

    On the other hand, would I be as forgiving if exactly the same story were told about a Democratic governor? It’s always worth checking.

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