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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Politically Speaking: With one trial out of view, Greitens turns attention to impeachment fight

Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement outside the Circuit Court building. May 14, 2018
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Gov. Eric Greitens walks away from reporters after making a statement Monday outside the Circuit Court building in downtown St. Louis.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Rachel Lippmann and Jo Mannies detail a dramatic week in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ legal and political saga.

This was supposed to be the first week of Gov. Eric Greitens’ trial for felony invasion of privacy. But as jury selection trudged along at a glacial pace, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office shocked many observers by dropping the case.

It’s possible that another prosecutor ends up taking up the matter. Still, the news provided a reprieve from the chaos that’s engulfed the beleaguered governor. He says the legal experience left him “humbled” and “a changed man.”

But Greitens still faces another felony charge for obtaining a donor list from The Mission Continues charity. And impeachment is becoming more and more of a possibility in the Missouri House.

Among the topics discussed on the show:

  • What it would take for Gardner to refile the invasion of privacy case.
  • Part of an interview Rosenbaum conducted with Catherine Hanaway, a former Greitens rival who is now a member of the governor’s legal team.
  • Greitens’ contention that his woes were spurred by backers of low-income housing tax credits.
  • Whether the developments in a St. Louis courtroom affect impeachment proceedings.

Follow Jason on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @rlippmann

Follow Jo on Twitter: @jmannies

Music: “The Downward Spiral” by Nine Inch Nails and “Burden in My Hand” by Soundgarden

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