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GOP Lawmaker From Joplin Calls For Governor's Resignation

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      Missouri's Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin is among Republican legislative leaders calling for GOP Governor Eric Greitens to resign, but the governor says he won't quit.
    Richard, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other House leaders called on Greitens to step down Tuesday after the state's attorney general found evidence that Greitens might have committed a felony in his use of a charity donor list for political purposes.
    Richard also called for impeachment proceedings to begin immediately.
    Richard released the following statement:  "We are past the point of concerning and alarming.   Since his time in office, the governor has caused tension, conflict and hostility.   The weight of his actions are being felt throughout the state.   Now, these alleged illegal actions are further harmful to the people of Missouri and do not represent Missouri values."
    Greitens issued a statement Tuesday saying he won't resign.

       A spokeswoman for the charity, The Mission Continues, says Governor Greitens had access to its donor list as CEO of the charity but did not have permission to later use the list for political purposes. The Mission Continues says it has been cooperating with an investigation by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who announced Tuesday that he had referred Greitens for potential criminal prosecution.
    Greitens already faces a felony invasion-of-privacy charge in St. Louis for allegedly taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of a partially nude woman with whom Greitens said he had an extramarital affair.

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