Gov. Eric Greitens delivers the keynote address at the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association 27th Annual Police Officer Memorial Prayer Breakfast on April 25, 2018, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

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BREAKING: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Resigns

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon, effective Friday, June 1.

May 29, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon, effective Friday, June 1.

"It's clear that for the forces that oppose us, there is no end in sight," the governor said during his resignation address. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love."

The announcement comes the same day Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ordered the pro-Greitens group A New Missouri to immediately begin turning over documents subpoenaed by a legislative committee trying to determine whether to bring impeachment proceedings against the Republican governor.

The subpoenas related to A New Missouri focus on alleged efforts to conceal donations used to benefit Greitens.

A special Missouri House committee has been investigating a variety of allegations against Greitens, including sexual misconduct and misuse of a charity donor list for his political campaign.

"This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family," Greitens said during the address. He continued, saying it had been "designed to cause maximum damage to family and friends."

The state constitution says the lieutenant governor - Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson - takes over if the governor leaves office.