Eric Greitens greets lawmakers

Gov. Eric Greitens greets members of the Missouri General Assembly at the State of the State address at the Capitol building in Jefferson City. Greitens is serving his first term as the 56th governor of the state.

A City of St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge Thursday, Feb. 22. Greitens, in a statement released after his State of the State address in January, admitted to an extramarital affair. He was accused of taking a photo of the woman and threatening to share it if she spoke of the incident. The charges stem from the affair, which happened in 2015. 

On April 20, St. Louis prosecutors charged Greitens with a second felony for allegedly tampering with computer data. The charge stems from his use of a charity donor list for his 2016 campaign fundraising efforts. A trial date has not been set for that charge.

Here is a timeline of Missourian coverage since news of the affair broke. .

Jan. 10: Gov. Eric Greitens announced in his State of the State that he would lay out a tax reform proposal, calling it the "boldest state tax reform in America."

Jan. 10: Greitens, in a statement, admitted to an extramarital affair after a St. Louis TV station aired a story about the incident. Greitens was accused of taking a photo of the woman and threatening to publicize it if she spoke of the affair. Greitens had not yet declared his candidacy for governor at the time of the affair. 

Jan. 16: At least five Republican legislators called for the governor's resignation amid allegations he blackmailed a woman with whom he was having an affair.

Jan 18: While some Republican representatives called for Greitens to resign over allegations he blackmailed a woman he was having an affair with, Senate leadership said they would carry on with business as usual.

Jan. 18: Embattled Greitens issued a vague news release to outline a tax plan he hyped days earlier as the nation's "boldest," a muted rollout Democrats said proves the Republican's administration has been disrupted by his acknowledgment of an affair and allegations of blackmail.

Jan. 19: Social media was buzzing with resignation rumors, even though the governor said he would not step down.

Jan. 24: The Missouri Democratic Party called for the governor to sign a legal document certifying he did not take "compromising photographs" or attempt to blackmail a woman with whom he had an affair.

Jan. 25: Talk of Greitens’ extramarital affair spilled over into state Senate debate, igniting discussion about what role, if any, the legislature should play in investigating.

Feb. 5: The man whose then-wife had an affair with the governor was subpoenaed to testify before a St. Louis grand jury, the man's attorney said.

Feb. 18: Longtime crisis management pros wondered whether the usual playbook applies anymore when handling political sex scandals like the one facing the governor. 

Feb. 22: A City of St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from an affair in 2015.

Feb. 23: The Republican Governors Association says Greitens has stepped down from its executive committee, and the firm representing the former husband of the woman with whom the governor admitted having an affair says his client would like to never to hear Greitens' name again.

The Republican Governors Association says Greitens has stepped down from its executive committee, and the firm representing the former husband of the woman with whom the governor admitted having an affair says his client would like never to hear Greitens' name again.

Feb. 26: Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, will chair a committee tasked with investigating Gov. Eric Greitens in relation to the allegations .

Feb. 28: Aaron Baker registered as a lobbyist with the Missouri Ethics Commission to represent Greitens on behalf of Dowd Bennett, a St. Louis-based firm that is defending him. 

March 1: House vote to investigate Greitens was unanimous despite concerns from Democrats about what would unfold after the committee reaches a conclusion. 

March 6: The House committee's chair said that holding open hearings for testimony and evidence would "destroy the purpose of the committee."

March 7: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported  that attorney Scott Rosenblum is joining Greitens' legal team.

March 9: The House panel's latest meetings have been closed to the public, and Republican Chairman Rep. Jay Barnes, Jefferson City, has said the goal is to protect the identity of those testifying.

Attorney Al Watkins held a press conference the same day his client gave testimony to a House investigative committee looking into grounds for impeachment of the governor.

March 11: While the Missouri Constitution clearly explains the processes of impeachment and succession, it doesn't address at what point the governor is no longer capable of filling the role.

April 11: A House investigative committee released a report about the shocking alleged details of the governor's encounters with a woman with whom he had an affair. The report raised questions about whether all of the encounters were consensual and includes allegations of violence. The committee did not recommend any specific actions to take against Gov. Eric Greitens, stating that doing so would be outside the scope of their committee.  

Before the report was released, Greitens called it a witch hunt and said "We fully expect that the report being released tonight will include lies and falsehoods." He also vowed to remain governor. 

House investigative report details governor's aggressive encounter
Ahead of investigative report, Greitens vows to continue as governor

April 20: St. Louis prosecutors charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a second felony, accusing him of using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign. This indictment added to the woes of the first-term Republican governor who responded by calling it another effort to "smear" him.

Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list

April 30: Committee finds consistency in woman's testimony against Greitens. Comparing her deposition given to the St. Louis Circuit Court to testimony she gave to the committee, they investigated the examples Greitens’ cited to try and undermine her account. Greitens, however, maintained his innocence and disputed the report.

Committee finds consistency in woman's testimony against Greitens

May 2: Report provided evidence Greitens misused charity donor list. A 22-page House investigative committee report found that Gov. Eric Greitens lied to the Missouri Ethics Commission about his campaign's political use of a donor list compiled for the Mission Continues, a nonprofit he founded in 2007.

Report provides evidence Greitens misused charity donor list

May 3: The Legislature announced it will hold a special session to consider disciplining Greitens. The most serious action could be impeachment. Republican leaders said more than 80 percent of lawmakers — 138 representatives and 29 senators — had signed the petition to enact a special session.

UPDATE: Legislature will hold special session to consider disciplining Greitens

May 10: Jury selection began in felony invasion of privacy trial of Missouri's governor.

May 14: Sex-related charge dropped against Greitens. 

May 18: The special session to consider whether or not to impeach Greitens began.

Special session to consider impeaching Greitens begins

May 21: A St. Louis judge appointed a special prosecutor to decide whether to refile the invasion-of-privacy charge against the governor.

May 25: The House committee investigating embattled Gov. Eric Greitens subpoenaed him to testify.

House committee subpoenas Greitens, blasts legal team for 'cherry-picking' evidence

May 29: Greitens announced his resignation as Missouri governor.

After months of investigations, governor resigns

 

  • Copy editor for the Missourian; reach me at jadennis@mail.missouri.edu

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