Eric Greitens Sex Scandal Drags Down Missouri GOP

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"To be specific, within the last several days we have obtained evidence of potential criminal violations of Missouri law and the evidence indicates that these potentially criminal acts were committed by Governor Eric Greitens".

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged Greitens with two counts of computer tampering for misusing a donor list from his charity, the Mission Continues, to solicit funds for his campaign for governor.

Greitens raised almost $2 million for his gubernatorial run after he obtained a list of top donors to The Mission Continues without permission from the St. Louis-based charity he founded in 2007.

On Friday, he accused Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, of wasting "thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars".

Court documents also allege that Greitens and 'K.T.' disclosed the donor list to the fundraiser for the goal of obtaining property of $500 or more. Hawley said Greitens took a donor list from The Mission Continues and used it to help raise money during his run for governor without the permission of the charity.

Greitens defended his work with the Mission Continues, a charity he founded in 2007 to connect veterans with volunteer opportunities in their home communities. But in April 2017, Greitens agreed to pay a $100 fine for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign had, in fact, received the charity's donor list.

In October 2016, the Associated Press reported that Greitens raised close to $2 million from people who also donated to The Mission Continues. Her original case is falling apart-so today, she's brought a new one.

Meanwhile, Missouri Republican leaders have called for Greitens to resign - and are threatening impeachment if he does not step down.

"By now, everyone knows what this is: this prosecutor will use any charge she can to smear me", Greitens said in a statement. In the United States of America, you get your day in court.

The latest charge "makes no sense at all", Greitens' attorney Ed Dowd said in a statement. Greitens also faces a felony charge related to accusations from his former mistress who alleges he bound her hands with tape, put a blindfold on her, took a partially nude photo of her and then threated to release the photo if she mentioned his name, according to a Missouri House committee report.

Hawley, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate, said in a statement Friday evening that his office "stands ready to assist the Circuit Attorney's Office where appropriate and if needed". He initially denied to the AP that he had used the donor list for his campaign.

And when I have my day in court, I will clear my name.

Governor Greitens has filed requests for a restraining order against Hawley and a special prosecutor in The Mission Continues case.

"Now he's being accused of stealing an email list from an organization he built?" That disclosure prompted former Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple to file an ethics complaint asking the Ethics Commission to refer Greitens for criminal prosecution. 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.

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