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Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Eric Greitens, Missouri’s Republican governor, finally announced his resignation Tuesday, but only after spending a couple of months sinking his own party with scandal.

During a hastily called press conference, Greitens announced he was stepping down, effective Friday, June 1. In an angry and defiant statement, Greitens insisted that he has not broken any laws, despite the felony charges against him.

“This is not the end of our fight,” Greitens said. “The time has come, though, to tend to those who have been wounded and to care for those who need us most. So for the moment, let us walk off the battlefield with our heads held high.”

He insisted that he has a “good and proud story to tell our children.”

He did not answer any questions after concluding his remarks.

The announcement comes weeks after the Republican-controlled state legislature began to consider impeaching him, and on the same day that a judge ruled that Greitens must comply with two subpoenas involving campaign money, as part of the felony charge for campaign-related computer tampering.

In addition to that felony charge, Greitens was also facing credible accusations of sexual assault. He claimed he had engaged in a consensual extramarital affair, despite the very graphic and specific allegations from the woman who said he assaulted her.

The governor’s mounting scandals, and his refusal to leave office, created massive headaches for other Republicans in the state. Josh Hawley, the leading Republican seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, held a significant lead over McCaskill in March, but after Greitens’ indictments, McCaskill now leads Hawley.

Republicans had believed McCaskill’s seat was one of their best shots at picking off a Democratic seat in the Senate, and key to holding the chamber in a midterm that is shaping up to be a wipeout.

But Grietens’ extended scandals and legal troubles have been a drag on the whole party in his state. Now that Greitens is finally, if belatedly, giving up his seat, his party will no doubt hope to put his sordid tenure behind them and move on.

But given that he still faces felony charges related to his campaign and the case of his alleged sexual assault has been referred to a special prosecutor — he could continue to inflict damage on his party even out of office.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)