Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, months into a scandal involving a 2015 extramarital affair, announced on May 29, 2018, that he would step down.
Greitens admitted he had the affair, but denied allegations he threatened his lover with a compromising photograph.
Greitens' resignation meant the city's circuit attorney dropped a felony invasion of privacy case against the governor.
Despite that criminal charge disappearing, the circuit attorney is still dealing with the aftermath, as a special prosecutor is investigating possible perjury by a private investigator looking into the governor's actions. That investigation threatens Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's law license and political future.
The governor's resignation also halted a legislative investigation into his actions.
Besides the affair and alleged blackmailing, peripheral scandals swirled around the governor. Those included his reliance on untraceable political donations, use of a self-destructing texting app and use of a charity donor list to raise campaign contributions all drawing negative attention.
In his resignation speech, he said: “The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends, and many, many people that I love.”
“I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment,” he asserted.