Perhaps the only politician in the United States with more legal problems then President Trump is the Republican Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens.
With members of his own party already calling for his resignation after a state legislative committee issued a damning report detailing his behavior in a bizarre sex scandal involving elements of blackmail, extortion, and felony charges of invasion of privacy, the governor now finds himself with another felony indictment on his hands.
According to CNN, the latest indictment against Governor Greitens involves charges of felony tampering with a non-profit organization’s computer and accessing a donor list without the charity’s knowledge.
The charity in question is The Mission Continues, an organization that Greitens himself founded to help veterans adjust to civilian life after their service.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office said in a probable cause statement that Greitens “directed the disclosure” of “data, specifically a donor list owned by The Mission Continues, to a political fundraiser … working on behalf of Greitens for Missouri.”
the statement continues with the claim that Greitens and an unnamed campaign aide “knew that the donor list disclosed on April 22, 2015, was taken without the permission of The Mission Continues.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued a statement today about the new indictment:
These are serious charges — and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri.”
The attorney for the beleaguered governor claims that the charges make no sense.
“Now he’s being accused of stealing an email list from an organization he built?” Dowd said in a statement. “Give me a break. Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but the Mission Continues still has the list. The idea that this is a crime is absurd.”
Despite the multiple indictments and the mounting calls for his resignation, Greitens has refused to surrender his office. With both cases likely to wind up in court, it remains to be seen if the governor has retained enough political capital — and has a deep enough legal defense fund — to weather the assault on his reputation and keep from being involuntarily removed from office before the legal decisions are handed down.
If nothing else Governor Greitens can at least expect some sympathy from President Trump who has his own sex and campaign-related scandals to deal with and may welcome a kindred spirit. Misery does love company, after all.
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