Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Announces Resignation

May 29, 2018

After numerous legal and legislative battles over his personal conduct and the legality of his 2016 campaign, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has resigned.

Greitens’ trouble began in January, when KMOV-TV, a station operating out of St. Louis, reported on an extramarital affair, where Greitens allegedly photographed a woman against her will while she was in a state of undress. However, matters came to a head early Tuesday, when A New Missouri, a secretive nonprofit organization associated with Greitens’ political efforts, was told they must comply with a Missouri House Special Investigative Committee’s subpoena.

The investigative committee, which was formed in response to allegations against the governor, has already released two full reports on the governor’s conduct. Charges against the governor in relation to his affair were dropped after his defense revealed they planned to call the case’s prosecutor as a witness, but Greitens still faces charges related to how his 2016 campaign handled a fundraising list obtained from a charity he cofounded, The Mission Continues.

Greitens' resignation will take effect 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1.