Missouri lawmakers set special session to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens
07 May, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
"Regretfully, the call of this historic act is for the sole goal to consider the findings and recommendation of the House committee, including disciplinary actions against Governor Greitens", Richardson says.
Speaker Richardson was joined at Thursday night's press conference by Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, and House Majority Leader Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold.
"This was not a decision made lightly and certainly not without great deliberation", Richardson said, adding the action required the signatures of three-fourths of members of both the Senate and General Assembly.
No Missouri governor has ever been impeached.
Greitens goes to trial May 14 on an invasion of privacy charge stemming from the affair. Two staffers said they abided by Greitens' multiple orders to share the list, which The Associated Press reported yielded nearly $2 million in donations to the campaign. Greitens has denied the charges, saying he had a consensual extramarital affair with the woman.
The session will last for 30 days.
The move will mark the first time in state history that lawmakers have called a special session, which are typically called by governors. First is to give the special investigative committee more time to do their job and the second reason is to consider if articles of impeachment need to be started.
"Members signed this petition because they believe in a fair process that will not be rushed to conclusion by an artificial deadline".
Pro Tem Richard tells reporters this process "has monumental consequences".
Lawmakers will convene May 18 in a special session to consider impeachment.
He has since come under renewed fire over questions raised by his use of the donor list to his former charity, The Mission Continues, when he was running for governor.
The woman agreed to testify only after the allegations that the governor had photographed without her consent were widely reported in the media.
The governor was also charged on April 20 with a felony of tampering with computer data for allegedly disclosing The Mission Continues donor list to a political fundraiser in 2015 without the permission of the charity. The report included testimony from a former Greitens' aide indicating the campaign also falsely identified the source of the donor list in a settlement with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
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