Top Republicans Call on Governor to Step Down After Major Scandal

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April 18, 2018Apr 18, 2018

Missouri's top Republicans are calling for Governor Eric Greitens to step down from office. Their demand comes following an accusation that the governor obtained a charity donor list without permission. He has also been accused of sexual misconduct. 

CNN reports that House Speaker Todd Richardson believes that resigning is the "right thing" for Greitens to do.

"Leaders at all levels of government are entrusted with an incredible responsibility to the Missourians we represent. When leaders lose the ability to effectively lead our state, the right thing to do is step aside," he said.

According to ABC News, Attorney General Josh Hawley recently announced that his investigations into a veterans charity found that Governor Greitens may have committed the additional felony of using a donor list for political purposes. As a result, Hawley is waiting for the St. Louis circuit attorney to decide whether to charge Greitens with a crime.

ABC News reports that Greitens is already facing a felony invasion-of-privacy indictment in St. Louis for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman, with whom Greitens claimed he had an affair in 2015 before he was elected.

The woman has been claiming that some of the encounters between herself and the governor were not consensual. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, they were "sometimes violent." 

The Huffington Post writes that the list at issue is an electronic donor list that Greitens allegedly obtained from a Missouri nonprofit called "The Mission Continues." Evidence suggests that the governor unlawfully used that list in order to fundraise for political purposes and that he did this without the permission of the charity. 

In February, the governor was arrested on charges of felony invasion of privacy related to the affair. The woman claimed that the governor took inappropriate photos of her, without her consent, and then used those photos and a form of blackmail in order to keep her silent. 

"The Mission Continues" helps veterans transition back into civilian life by placing them in volunteer roles with community organizations, according to the Huffington Post.  The president of the organization, Spencer Kympton, acknowledged the investigation into Greiten's alleged misuse of its resources in a statement that was issued last month.

“We are supporting various document requests and are fully cooperating with the agencies that are reviewing this situation,” Kympton wrote, according to the Post. “We look forward to the completion of those efforts in a timely manner.”

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Republican, claimed that "a turning point in the allegations" has been reached and that "no other respectable option than to resign from office" currently exists. 

"We are past the point of concerning and alarming. Since his time in office, the governor has caused tension, conflict, and hostility. The weight of his actions are being felt throughout the state. Now, these alleged illegal actions are further harmful to the people of Missouri and do not represent Missouri values. It's time for the governor to find the courage in his heart and do what is in the best interests of the people he serves and step aside," he said, according to CNN. 

CNN writes that many others, too, are calling on the governor to resign. 

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