Vastavam web: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, already facing an invasion-of-privacy trial next month stemming from an extramarital affair, was charged separately on Friday with felony computer data tampering tied to his political fund-raising, prosecutors said.The new case, referred to prosecutors by Missouri’s attorney general, was filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, according to her office, which also brought the unrelated privacy charge against Greitens in February.
Greitens, a Republican who has come under mounting pressure to resign from Missouri politicians of both parties, called the latest case against him part of a “smear” campaign by Gardner, a Democrat. He vowed to clear his name in court, declaring, “People will know the truth.”The criminal complaint, a copy of which was furnished by prosecutors, said the alleged offence occurred in April 2015, while Greitens was running for governor.
Missouri Attorney General, Josh Hawley, told reporters on Tuesday his office had uncovered evidence of electronic theft by Greitens during a broader investigation of the combat veterans charity founded by the former U.S. Navy SEALs commando in 2007.According to court documents in the case, Greitens directed another individual to obtain the donor list and furnish it to a fundraiser who was working on behalf of Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign.
Greitens went on to raise millions of dollars for his campaign with the list, according to a source close to the investigation. He was elected in 2017.“The latest charge is about my work at the Mission Continues,” Greitens said on Friday. “In the seven years I ran that organization, we helped thousands of veterans, won national awards of excellence and became one of the finest veterans’ charities in the country. … I stand by that work.”
The governor’s attorney, Jim Martin, previously described the electronic theft accusations as “false allegations.”A growing number of elected officials in Missouri, Democrats and Republicans alike, have called for Greitens’ ouster since he was charged in an unrelated investigation with criminal invasion of privacy. He was accused in that case of taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he was involved without her consent and threatening to use it as blackmail.