Already accused of sex assault, Missouri governor indicted over fundraising felony

Posted April 22, 2018

Eric Greitens is now facing two more felony charges Friday after the Missouri Attorney General announced he found evidence of criminal activity in the governor's charity.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said on April 18 that there was enough evidence to show that Greitens obtained the list illegally - adding that such a move constitutes a felony. Earlier this year a St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on a felony charge stemming from a photo he allegedly took of a partially nude woman with whom he was having an affair.

Greitens built his campaign donor list in part by transferring a membership list from a veterans' charity he started, his attorney acknowledged Friday. Although he initially denied the allegations, Greitens agreed to pay a $100 fine in April of past year for failing to report that his gubernatorial campaign had, in fact, received the charity's donor list. He raised millions of dollars for it.

Mr. Dowd said that Mr. Greitens's charity group had helped thousands of veterans and that Mr. Greitens had created it in "an extraordinary act of public service". Charity employees have been adamant they did not give Greitens the donor list, as that was illegal and would threaten the organization's tax-exempt status.

Mr. Greitens faces trial on the invasion of privacy count in St. Louis on May 14, and has said that he looks forward to clearing his name.

Earlier this month, a House committee released an investigative report detailing damaging claims against Mr. Greitens, including sworn testimony from his former hairdresser that he had slapped her and once coerced her into performing oral sex. Federal law generally prohibits charities such as The Mission Continues from becoming involved in political campaigns, and the charity has repeatedly denied granting permission for Greitens - its former CEO - to use the list for political purposes.

"One way or another, Eric Greitens' short tenure as Missouri governor is about to end".

"Now he's being accused of stealing an email list from an organization he built?" attorney Ed Dowd said to CNN on Friday. Give me a break.

At the direction of Grietens, a person known only by the initials K.T. disclosed data, specifically a donor list owned by The Mission Continues, to a political fundraiser working on behalf of Greitens campaign.

Prosecutors did not say whether anyone else faced charges in the investigation. "Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but (the charity) still has the list".

Some Democrats, including U.S. Sen.

"It's embarrassing, quite frankly and I don't think the Governor can survive this", she said. Claire McCaskill, and Democrats have been running TV ads linking Hawley to Greitens.

Late Tuesday, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of the Legislature called for Greitens to resign. The organization's mission is to help veterans rejoin civilian society after military service. Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Democratic Minority Floor Leader Gina Walsh have not made a final decision, but Walsh has said she doesn't believe any bills signed by Greitens should become law.