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Greitens prepares to battle potential second felony charge after indictment upheld

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Just this week, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he believes there is strong evidence Greitens committed a felony level charge of tampering with computer data. (AP File Photo) Just this week, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he believes there is strong evidence Greitens committed a felony level charge of tampering with computer data. (AP File Photo)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Multiple questions were answered on Thursday as a judge ruled that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' invasion of privacy case will not be thrown out and that he will get his day in court.

But the next question is, whether or not the Governor will face a new felony charge.

Just this week, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced he believes there is strong evidence Greitens committed a felony level charge of tampering with computer data. He claims Greitens used a donor list from his veteran’s charity, The Mission Continues, to raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

The Mission Continues has been very clear that they did not authorize the use of the list.

Greitens' lawyers have denied any criminal wrongdoing.

The case has been turned over to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the same prosecutor accusing Greitens in the invasion of privacy case. She is to decide whether or not the Governor broke the law before the statute of limitations runs out.

The statute expires Sunday, meaning any charges would likely need to be filed by close of business Friday.

However, prosecutors do have the option to e-file and do it over the weekend. Also, since it's a weekend deadline, they can technically file on Monday.

On Tuesday, Greitens filed a temporary restraining order against Hawley.

As both investigations move forward, Greitens has been adamant that he will not resign.

Greitens' current charge and possible charge are both considered class D felonies under Missouri state law. The fine is up to $10,000 and one year in prison. 

The bigger issue is impeachment. No Missouri governor has ever been impeached. Some experts say it's unclear in law if it can be for something that happened prior to political office, which is why the computer charges could be more significant despite being less talked about on a national scale. That's because the criminal activity would be ongoing every time there is a donation.

Many both for and against the governor have taken to social media to share their opinion about his future in office.

“If you had any concern for the people of Missouri then you would resign,” one Twitter user said.

“I’m so glad you’re gonna stick it out! I stand beside you 100%,” one Facebook comment read.

“I am tired of this witch hunt and I will remember who did this when it comes up time for election again,” another Facebook user said.

One KCTV5 reporter published a poll to see if viewers think Greitens should remain in office.

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