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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens releases statement following felony charge

April 20, 2018 - 6:08 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been charged with a felony related to his use of a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign.

The charge filed Friday in St. Louis is in addition to the invasion-of-privacy charge he faces for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.

The latest charge accuses Greitens of obtaining the donor list from The Mission Continues without permission from the charity, which Greitens founded. He previously paid a fine for not reporting the list as an in-kind contribution on campaign disclosure forms.

Several political leaders, including fellow Republicans, have urged Greitens to resign. He's vowed to remain in office.

After the charges Governor Greitens released the following statement 

Two months ago, a prosecutor brought a case against me. She claimed she had evidence of a crime but she’s produced none. She said her investigator would find the truth. Instead, her investigator lied under oath and created false evidence.  And she is using thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars to do all of this. Her case is falling apart—so today, she’s brought a new one. By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me. Thank goodness for the Constitution and our court system. In the United States of America, you’re innocent until proven guilty. In the United States of America, you get your day in court. And when I have my day in court, I will clear my name. People will know the truth.

The latest charge is about my work at the Mission Continues. When I came home from Iraq after service as a Navy SEAL, I started the Mission Continues to help veterans. In the seven years I ran that organization, we helped thousands of veterans, won national awards for excellence, and became one of the finest veteran’s charities in the country. Those were some of the best years of my life, and I am grateful every day for the chance to help the men and women I served with.

I stand by that work. I will have my day in court. I will clear my name. This prosecutor can come after me with everything she's got, but as all faithful people know: in time comes the truth. And the time for truth is coming.


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