Missouri Governor Greitens charged with felony tampering with computer data

Missouri Governor Greitens charged with felony tampering with computer data

Missouri Governor Greitens charged with felony tampering with computer data

Greitens has insisted that he will not resign, however - tweeting last week that "this matter will go to a court of law - where it belongs and where the facts will prove my innocence".

St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the woes of the first-term Republican governor who responded by calling it another effort to "smear" him.

The three-year statute of limitations on the latest charge would have run out Sunday since the alleged computer tampering took place "on or around" April 22, 2015, in St. Louis, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office said in a news release late Friday afternoon.

It's the latest legal malady for the GOP governor, who is also facing a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a revealing photo of a woman without her consent.

Friday's charges were the result of Attorney General Josh Hawley's investigation into Greitens' use of a donor list belonging to a charity called The Mission Continues.

In October 2016, an Associated Press investigation found an 85 percent correlation between names on the charity's donor list and $525,000 in early donations to Greitens' gubernatorial campaign.

Gardner alleges that a worker at the Greitens charity gave a donor list to the governor's campaign.

On Tuesday, Greitens tweeted that he would not be resigning the governorship and said he will be proven innocent in court.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is overseeing both cases against the governor.

"This prosecutor can come after me with everything she's got, but as all faithful people know: in time comes the truth".

"Her case is falling apart - so today, she's brought a new one", Greitens said.

According to the probable cause statement, prosecutors said Greitens disclosed the list over a computer and because the value of the list is more than $500, it's a felony.

Separately, a special House investigatory committee is to recommend whether to pursue impeachment proceedings against Greitens. The initials match those of Krystal Taylor, an employee of the Greitens Group who had previously worked at The Mission Continues.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss the felony invasion of privacy case against Greitens, likely giving the embattled governor a chance to defend himself in trial, which is set to begin on May 14.

Court documents say Greitens "acted with others" when he took and used data specifically owned by The Mission Continues for the the goal of soliciting funds for his political campaign. Not only did he create this list donor by donor, friend by friend, but the Mission Continues still has the list.

After the new charges were filed against Greitens, House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty was one of the first Missouri lawmakers to once again call for his resignation or impeachment. His attorneys, in court hearings and filings, have painted a picture of an incompetent prosecutor who rather than working with police to investigate Greitens hired a private investigator who bungled the probe, hid evidence and lied to the court.

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

In a Facebook posting, Greitens accused Gardner of wasting "thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars".

"This office will not be intimidated, and we will not be deterred", he said.

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