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Missouri Governor Greitens resigns amid sexual misconduct scandal

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R).
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R). Photo: Michael Thomas/ Getty Images

Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens on Tuesday announced he will resign from office on Friday at 5 p.m., after being embroiled in an extramarital affair and faced possible impeachment.

Why it matters: The 43-year-old former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, had been viewed by some Republicans as a national rising star. Per the New York Times’ Alex Burns, Greitens was also seen as a potential future presidential candidate. Greitens said less than two weeks ago that he won’t quit despite a criminal charge.