Having Greitens speak before lawmakers in early April "would violate his right to a fair trial", attorney Ed Dowd wrote.
The circuit attorney's office said its move was precipitated by the trial judge's decision to allow the governor's defense attorneys to call the lead prosecutor in the case as a trial witness.
Gardner spokeswoman Susan Ryan called the decision by Judge Rex Burlison "unprecedented" and said it put the circuit attorney in an "impossible position".
"It does appear that a couple individuals seek any opportunity to attack me, and in this case are seeking to punish the hard-working journalists that work at the Missouri Times to do so", Faughn said.
"This experience has also been humbling, and I've emerged from it a changed man". Jury selection began Thursday with a pool of 160 prospects.
In addition to the invasion of privacy charge, Greitens has been charged with felony computer data tampering over his alleged use of a donor list from the veterans' charity he founded, The Mission Continues, to raise money for his campaign without permission. While facing mounting pressure to resign, Greitens has vowed to remain in office while fighting to clear his name. Greitens also faces a felony charge in St. Louis for disclosing the donor list to his political fundraiser, though no trial date has been set.
One of the criminal cases against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has been dismissed.
Greitens has acknowledged the affair but denies allegations of abuse and an accusation that he bound the woman, took a partially nude photo of her and threatened to release it to silence her about the affair.
The announcement came at 4:40 p.m. Monday, shortly after more than 30 jurors had made it to the second phase of the selection process.
Vaccaro says too many defendants are sitting in the Workhouse, a caseload back up as a result of too much time and too many resources have been devoted to the Greitens case. Greitens' attorneys doubt that any other prosecutor will pick the case up, especially if there's no photo that would make it easier to convict him. "She added, "...he never asked the campaign to testify before his committee, nor did he request that the campaign provide any documents to his committee".
'The court's order leaves the circuit attorney no adequate means of proceeding with this trial, ' read a statement from Gardner's office. Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe said the prosecutors' decision would not affect the legislative investigation.
"The House's investigation and the Circuit Attorney's case are two separate paths", said Sens.
Voting to expel The Missouri Times were The Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri Digital News, the Jefferson City News Tribune, the Springfield News-Leader, the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missouri School of Journalism. The members of the House committee have discovered a disturbing pattern of allegations, most of which are completely separate from the case dismissed today. "There was no evidence to support any of the elements", Greitens' attorney Jim Bennett told reporters after claiming in court that the search for the alleged photo had been called off after an investigator found no evidence of such an image on Greitens' cellphone or cloud. On Monday, the House committee investigating the governor subpoenaed political groups tied to the governor.