Greitens, in a surprise announcement Wednesday afternoon, declared that he will resign as the Missouri chief executive, bringing to an end the consequences of a tawdry extramarital affair, and a corresponding six months of turbulence in Missouri politics.
In his press conference Tuesday, May 29, Greitens, whose resignation is effective Friday, June 1, said "the last few months have been incredibly hard for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends, and many, many people that I love".
Greitens maintained his innocence, and said he and his team did not deserve the treatment they'd received. Gardner, the prosecutor who pursued the charge, had close ties both to national left-wing political outfits and Democrats in the Missouri legislature, leading Greitens and his supporters to characterize his prosecution as a politically motivated witch hunt.
Hafner said Greitens' promotional company paid him more than $500 for political work before Greitens' political committee was formed. It alleged, based on the woman's sworn testimony, that Greitens coerced her into oral sex while she wept "uncontrollably".
Gov. Eric Greitens has resigned as Missouri's 56th governor. The first details accusations made by a woman with whom he was having an affair.
Krewson's critics pointed to both charges, as well as Greitens' policy record as as conservative governor and his often inflammatory rhetoric about St. Louis, which he has deemed "the most unsafe city in the United States of America" and an "abortion sanctuary city".
With Greitens' departure, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, will take his place.
"My current concern rests with the question was to whether or not he could competently lead our state amid the indictments and multiple pending investigations surrounding him", Alferman said.
The Legislature called itself back into a 30-day special session to discuss if Greitens should be impeached, which began May 18. Louis County, said in a statement that "innocent people don't resign and criminals don't get let off the hook simply because they cut and run".
Greitens faces a felony charge of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing to his political fundraiser a list of top donors to a veterans charity he founded, The Mission Continues, without the charity's permission.
"There is frankly, a lot of relief that the Greitens debacle is behind us", strategist Keller continued.
He said Greitens' resignation "will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a hard time".
The accuser's disturbing allegations were detailed in a report by a Special Investigative Committee on Oversight of the Missouri House of Representatives. Gardner said the charge could be refiled.
Greitens will go, and probably quietly, but there are many elements of the case that will likely never come to light.
Greitens announced Tuesday he will step down on June 1.