With state legislators considering his impeachment, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said he would quit on Friday. A judge on Tuesday allowed subpoenas issued by lawmakers investigating Greitens to go forward.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation, leaving behind a brief and tumultuous legacy and moving on from his first public office with the continued prospect of criminal prosecution related to his 2016 campaign, reports the Springfield (MO) News-Leader. Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who was elected separately, will take over for his fellow Republican. State lawmakers had convened in a special session to hear evidence about Greitens in a process that could have led to his impeachment.
A judge ruled against Greitens on Tuesday by allowing subpoenas issued by lawmakers investigating the governor to go forward. 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. Greitens was charged with a invasion of privacy felony in February, but that charge temporarily has been dropped. A second felony charge of computer tampering is pending. Greitens ran as a political outsider with promises to clean up corruption, prevent tax hikes and enact a ban on mandatory union dues. Greitens had refused to leave even while facing the prospect of becoming the first governor in Missouri’s history to be impeached. In January, he admitted that he had an extramarital affair but denied claims that he blackmailed his mistress by allegedly photographing her in a compromising position and threatening to disseminate the image.