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The Republican governor announced Tuesday that he will step down on Friday.

Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner will dismiss a felony computer-tampering charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens as part of an agreement reached with his attorneys, Gardner announced Wednesday.

Greitens' administration was thrown into chaos the night of January 10, when a St. Louis TV station aired a report about Greitens allegedly taking the compromising photo and threatening to blackmail the woman if she ever spoke of their encounter. The case was dismissed earlier this month and a special prosecutor in Jackson County is still considering whether to refile the charge. A special prosecutor assigned to the case said Tuesday her investigation will continue, according to local news media. The St. Louis prosecutor dropped the charge two weeks ago, after a state judge permitted Greitens' defense team to call the prosecutor to testify about potential misconduct in her investigation.

Greitens was under intense pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to resign the governorship he secured in 2016 after the scandals emerged.

Greitens ended the news conference saying he will "always be a fighter for the people of Missouri".

Greitens was accused of taking a photo of his lover in a state of undress without her consent and making it accessible by computer to use as retaliation should she divulge their relationship.




It also could free up money.

The Republican lieutenant governor is to take over as governor when Greitens' resignation becomes official at 5 p.m. Friday. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

He had also faced accusations of sexual assault from a woman he had an affair with in 2015. "I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the ones I love". "Gov. Mike Parson possesses the integrity his predecessor lacked, and House Democrats will offer him whatever assistance we can as he begins the hard task of restoring credibility to state government".

Jean Paul Bradshaw II, a former USA attorney for western Missouri, said the agreement to drop the case represents a "fair resolution" because Greitens' resignation accomplished "the greatest public benefit" possible. "But I have not broken any laws or committed any offence worthy of this treatment", he said.

The Legislature called itself back into a 30-day special session to discuss if Greitens should be impeached, which began May 18. The committee, led by chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, has released two reports during its ongoing investigation. There had been allegations Greitens wanted to hide where those donations had come from.

Responding to Grietens' past statements calling the prosecution "a witch hunt" that inflicted pain on his family, Gardener said the governor had brought the charges upon himself "by his actions, his statements, his decisions, his ambition and his pursuit for power".


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