JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had recounted his grueling training as a Navy SEAL officer while suggesting he would never quit fighting allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations.
But Greitens announced Tuesday that he is resigning. His departure will become official at 5 p.m. Friday.
His resignation allows Greitens to avoid the potentially dubious distinction of becoming the first Missouri governor ever impeached. A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed Greitens to testify next Monday.
Some fellow Republicans had urged his resignation amid criminal and legislative investigations stemming from an extramarital affair and campaign finance questions.
Greitens' departure will give Republicans a chance to reunify at the start of a summer campaign season in which they're seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.