JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - After the revelation in January that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had an extramarital affair with his former hairdresser before he took office, the first-term Republican faced a series of investigations and charges.
Here’s a look at some of the significant moments that led to Greitens‘ announcement Tuesday that he was resigning:
Jan. 10 - Hours after Greitens delivers his State of the State speech, St. Louis television station KMOV broadcasts a story featuring a conversation secretly recorded between the governor’s former hairdresser and her then-husband in 2015 in which she is heard saying she had a sexual encounter with Greitens. She says he took a photo of her while she was partially nude and threatened to release it if she exposed their relationship. Greitens issues a statement admitting to having an affair but calling it consensual and denying blackmail.
Feb. 22 - A grand jury in St. Louis indicts the governor on a felony invasion of privacy charge for taking and transmitting the alleged photo. Greitens‘ attorney says the charge is “baseless and unfounded.”
March 1 - The Republican-led Missouri House forms a bipartisan committee to investigate Greitens. On the same day, Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley opens an inquiry into The Mission Continues, a veterans charity Greitens founded. A key issue is Greitens‘ use of a charity donor list for his political campaign.
March 14 - A Democratic consultant files an ethics complaint alleging that Greitens falsely reported how his campaign obtained The Mission Continues’ donor list and failed to disclose that it also got the charity’s email list.
April 11 - The House investigatory committee releases a graphic report that details instances in which Greitens‘ former hairdresser says he slapped, spanked, shoved, grabbed and called her derogatory names during a series of sexual encounters in 2015. The committee finds her testimony credible. Greitens says the report is part of a “witch hunt.” The woman’s name never has been officially released; it is redacted from the legislative documents and she is identified only by her initials in court filings.
April 17 - Hawley announces that Greitens may have committed a felony by taking The Mission Continues’ donor list and using it for political fundraising without the charity’s permission. Hawley turned his evidence over to St. Louis prosecutors.
April 20 - St. Louis prosecutors charge Greitens with a felony of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing The Mission Continues’ donor list to his political fundraiser in 2015 without the permission of the St. Louis-based charity. Greitens says the allegations are “ridiculous” and resists calls...