Updated on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony — On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann break down all the developments in the ongoing saga around Gov. Eric Greitens.
This week was particularly newsworthy. After last week’s release of an explosive House report that led to widespread calls for Greitens to resign, at least four events ended up placing Greitens’ political career on virtual life support. (We uploaded a new version of the show after Greitens was indicted last Friday for felony computer data tampering.)
Those events include:
- Attorney General Josh Hawley’s announcement that evidence existed for the St. Louis circuit attorney to charge Greitens with a felony for allegedly illegally obtaining a fundraising list from The Mission Continues. That move set off an unprecedented war of words between the two GOP statewide officials.
- House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard called on Greitens to resign. That made impeachment proceedings a virtual certainty, because Richardson commands bipartisan respect among House members.
- A judge's ruling allowed Greitens’ criminal trial for felony invasion of privacy to continue. Greitens’ attorneys wanted the case dismissed over how St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner turned over evidence.
- On late Friday, Gardner charged Greitens with felony computer tampering.
Rosenbaum and Washington University law professor Peter Joy were also a guests Friday on St. Louis on the Air:
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