Soros-backed prosecutor Kim Gardner resigns from office

"The most powerful weapon I have to fight back against these outsiders stealing your voices and your rights is to step back," she said.

Published: May 4, 2023 5:56pm

Updated: May 4, 2023 7:50pm

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a George Soros-backed prosecutor, resigned from office Thursday in the face of bipartisan calls for her do so.

Gardner's office posted her resignation letter on Twitter, who said that "people outside of the city" have "targeted" her and the "fundamental rights of the city's voters."

"We have experienced an onslaught of records requests that no office in the country could reasonably fulfill, along with attacks on our hard-working line attorneys designed to demoralize these public servants," she said. "There is no sign that the onslaught would stop for as long as I am in the office."

Just the News was among those parties seeking information from her office. In 2022, Just the News Editor-in-Chief and CEO John Solomon scored a court victory against Gardner, securing a judicial order that she hand over a trove of documents she had withheld citing privilege after being ordered to comply with an open-records request.

Gardner further characterized her resignation as an effort to prevent the disenfranchisement of her constituents, contending that external oversight efforts had undermined the office and that partisan legislation might eliminate the city's right to elect its circuit attorney.

"The most powerful weapon I have to fight back against these outsiders stealing your voices and your rights is to step back," she said. "And so, it is with a heavy heart but steadfast resolve that I am resigning my position as your Circuit Attorney."

During her time in office, Gardner notably pursued a case against then-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, R, alleging that he had attempted to extort a former mistress using a salacious photo that Gardner later admitted she never possessed. Greitens admitted the affair and resigned his post but denied any criminal wrongdoing. She eventually dropped all charges before a trial could occur later admitted to wrongdoing in the case before a state legal board.

Greitens, for his part, celebrated news of Gardner's resignation, sharing this article on Twitter and cheering, "Finally, justice."

"Kim Gardner broke the law and broke countless families under her lawless reign. May she be held fully accountable for her crimes against me, and the people of St. Louis," he added.

Gardner was among the first prosecutors in the U.S. to receive the backing of left-wing megadonor George Soros.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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