Prosecutors dismiss criminal charge against Missouri governor

  • Prosecutors dismiss criminal charge against Missouri governor

Prosecutors dismiss criminal charge against Missouri governor

The allegations led to a special investigation by the Missouri Legislature, which found the woman's testimony to be "disturbing".

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office said it dismissed the charge Monday because Judge Rex Burlison granted a request by Greitens' attorney to call the prosecutor as a witness.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, House Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and House Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo said in a statement they're still waiting for a recommendation from a special House committee on whether to impeach Greitens. Greitens' lawyers claim the St. Louis prosecutor's office allowed Tisaby to commit perjury and withhold evidence from defense attorneys.

Prosecutors dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against Greitens on Monday after a court ruled that Gardner had to answer questions under oath from Greitens' attorneys.

Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but say they plan to re-file the case with a special prosecutor.

The charges stem from an incident in which Greitens had an extramarital affair with a women and allegedly took partially nude photos of her while she was tied up, without her consent.

Greitens still faces a charge of computer tampering for allegedly taking a donor list from a charity he founded to raise funds for his gubernatorial campaign.

A felony conviction related to sexual misconduct would have nearly assured Greitens' impeachment, said Dave Robertson, chair of the political science department at the University of Missouri-St. They dropped the charge Monday.

The constitution doesn't require a criminal conviction for impeachment.

Jury selection has been moving slowly and methodically in the criminal trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Attorneys Ross Garber and Eddie Greim say they've been hired to represent the governor's office in potential House impeachment proceedings against Greitens. Denny Hoskins, a Republican who has clashed with Greitens.

The governor has said he is sorry for the affair and that he will not resign.

Others who supported Greitens contend the dropped invasion-of-privacy charge should make it more hard to get the 82 votes necessary to impeach Greitens.

"It definitely sells his scenario and it makes it appear like it's political and a witch hunt", said Spencer, echoing a phrase Greitens has used to describe the investigations against him. It made a decision to call Greitens' policy adviser Will Scharf as a witness and to subpoena information about a couple of obscure companies that contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Greitens' campaign. Schron Y. Jackson, a police spokeswoman, said officers had opened an investigation.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, told reporters that they've issued a subpoena to Greitens' advisor Austin Chambers, and to the groups Greitens for Missouri and A New Missouri, via attorney Catherine Hanaway.

Dowd also said Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and Tisaby met in secret, then refused to testify about it, which he said was against the law.