St. Louis prosecutor drops charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner on Monday abruptly dropped her prosecution of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens  (R) for felony invasion of privacy after the judge agreed to let her be called as a witness. Greitens’ lawyers said the prosecutor should testify because she probably knew about perjury committed by an investigator her office hired. Greitens called the decision to drop the “false charges” a “great victory.” Gardner’s office asked the court to appoint a special prosecutor to refile charges against the governor for allegedly taking a partially nude photo of a woman he was having an affair with in 2015, and threatening to release it if she talked about their relationship. Republican legislative leaders said they would proceed with an effort to impeach Greitens starting Friday.

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