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Despite case dismissal, Mo. Sen. GOP leaders still call on Greitens to step down

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Republican leaders in the Missouri State Senate are still calling on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to resign despite the dismissal of an invasion of privacy charge against him.

The prosecution chose to drop the case Monday after judge Rex Burlison agreed to a defense motion that would include Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as a witness.

Greitens called the dismissal “a great victory.” His legal team has been critical of how Gardner has handled the case.

Prosecutors said they may bring the case again, but with a special prosecutor or one of Gardner's assistants trying the case.

Greitens was accused of taking a photo of a woman he was having an affair with in a compromising position and threatening to share the photo if she spoke about the affair. He has admitted to the affair but denied wrongdoing.

Despite the dismissal, Senate Pro Temp President Ron Richard and Senate Majority Floor Mike Kehoe are still calling on Greitens to step down, saying he “has lost the moral authority and ability to lead the state going forward.”

A special legislative committee has released a report on alleged wrongdoing by Greitens in connection with the affair and another report on alleged misuse of a charity donor list.

Greitens is also accused of using a donor list from the Mission Continues, a charity he founded, for political fundraising. 

Below is the full statement from Richard and Kehoe:

The dismissal of the felony invasion of privacy charge does not change the facts that have been revealed to the Missouri House of Representative’s Special Investigative Committee on Oversight. The House’s investigation and the Circuit Attorney’s case are two separate paths. The members of the House committee have discovered a disturbing pattern of allegations, most of which are completely separate from the case dismissed today. They need time to finish their investigation. We now hope the governor and his staff are more forthcoming with the facts, and they decide to appear before the special investigative committee. The governor has lost the moral authority and the ability to lead the state going forward, and we reaffirm our call that he resign immediately.

GOP leaders in the state house also released a statement:

The legislature is a separate and a co-equal branch of government with a separate responsibility entrusted to it by our Constitution.  We owe it to Missourians to have a fair and thorough investigation of the facts.  To date the committee’s work has not only provided two reports on the facts to the General Assembly but, more importantly, it has also exposed additional concerns relating to the governor’s conduct.  This is why we remain committed to that process and await any recommendations it has for the House.  Without the pending trial this week, it allows the Governor to take advantage of our open offer to share his side of the facts.

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