Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Emerges after Dropped Charges, and Still Won't Answer Reporter Questions

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Emerges after Dropped Charges, and Still Won't Answer Reporter Questions

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JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens on Thursday pledged to "continue in our mission to fight for the people of Missouri" in his first public appearance since St. Louis prosecutors dropped a felony invasion-of-privacy charge against him on Monday.

Flanked by two tractors, two pickups and a handful of taxpayer-paid security guards, Greitens, a Republican, gave a 10-minute speech to a crowd of supporters outside of the governor's mansion, announcing that his administration was no longer withholding $4 million that had been budgeted to aid biodiesel production.

The media event came as the GOP-controlled Missouri House will enter a special session on Friday to consider possible impeachment against the governor. Greitens faces a felony data tampering case in St. Louis, and an ongoing investigation by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a fellow Republican.

Greitens has declined to answer several questions about his legal troubles. Though media members were invited, Greitens did not answer their questions after the speech as he posed for pictures with supporters and power-walked back to a state SUV.

"Sir, sir, I so appreciate you taking the time to come out," he told a Post-Dispatch reporter as he stopped to hug a supporter.

"Governor, if you did appreciate us coming out, you would answer some of our questions," the reporter responded.

Journalists pursued the governor back to the state SUV. They asked him whether he took a compromising photograph of his former lover, took a charity donor list for campaign purposes or used shell companies to conceal donor identities. One also asked if he would testify before the House committee investigating him.

He didn't answer.

Later, Jim Martin, one of Greitens' attorneys, told the Post-Dispatch that Greitens' attorneys have advised him not to talk to the press because St. …

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