Lt. Governor Mike Parson next in line to Replace Governor Greitens

Republican Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned amid his sexual misconduct scandal

The announcement comes one day after the governor announced he's resigning.

Gov. Eric Greitens leaves the St. Louis Civil Courts building on Monday after prosecutors dropped the felony invasion of privacy case against him.

An invasion of privacy charge related to that affair was dismissed earlier this month, though a special prosecutor was appointed last week and charges could be re-filed.

Gov. Mike Parson says the resignation of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens "will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a hard time".

Gov. Eric Greitens has resigned as Missouri's 56th governor.

A judge gave the governor's political non-profit group, A New Missouri, until Friday to turn over communications between it and Mr Greitens' office.

Many of Greitens' former colleagues and friends "co-operated with our prosecution, not because they were threatened or harassed, but because it was the right thing to do", she said.

It also could free up money.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Greitens denied the allegations against him but said it had become too hard for him to continue in the job. Our review of this case, as I have stated before, will be pursued without fear or favor.

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April 20 - St. Louis prosecutors charge Greitens with a felony of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing The Mission Continues' donor list to his political fundraiser in 2015 without the permission of the St. Louis-based charity. Missouri has been blessed with an unbroken line of men and women in public service who have worked to make our state better, and the work of the many dedicated public servants, who work tirelessly for the people of Missouri, will continue.

I love Missouri, and I love our people.

The Republican-controlled Missouri General Assembly on May 18 began a special session in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital, to consider what disciplinary steps to take against the first-term Republican governor, including possible impeachment, after hearing the recommendations of a special House of Representatives investigative panel. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday during a special monthlong session focused exclusively on his potential discipline.

The woman's then-husband released a secretly recorded conversation in which she described the affair.

He didn't take any questions from reporters after his brief statement. Like Gardner, the special prosecutor is a Democrat.

Mr. Greitens has admitted the affair but said that it was consensual and that he didn't break any laws.

"There has been no witch hunt", Gardner said. There had been allegations Greitens wanted to hide where those donations had come from.

"I think this is a great decision from the governor", said Sen.

The state legislature's investigation had expanded to probe potential campaign finance violations, as questions swirled about whether the governor's campaign illegally coordinated with a non-profit organization to hide the identity of political donors.

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