Missouri lawmakers seeking special session for impeachment proceedings against Greitens

Missouri lawmakers seeking special session for impeachment proceedings against Greitens

"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.

"This path is not the one that I would've chosen for Missourians or my colleagues", House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) said at a press conference.

A constitutionally-required three-fourths of lawmakers signed the petition calling for the special session, a first of its kind action by lawmakers.

House and Senate leaders announced late Thursday that a 30-day special session would begin May 18. The only state official to be ousted by impeachment was Missouri Secretary of State Judi Moriarty in 1994.

Greitens, a former U.S. Navy Seal commando and onetime rising star in the Republican Party, has come under mounting pressure from Missouri politicians of both parties to resign since becoming embroiled in a sex scandal stemming from an admitted extramarital affair with a hairdresser.

"The vast majority felt with what has transpired, there was enough need for us to go into special session", said state Sen.

The session will focus on possible discipline for Greitens in connection with an investigation being conducted by a special committee. He is accused of taking an unauthorized photo of the woman while she was partially nude, blindfolded and bound in the basement of his St. Louis home.

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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.

As evidenced by the vote for a special session, Greiten's support among Missouri Republicans has eroded to the point where at least a sizable minority are prepared to consider impeachment.

"Members signed this petition because they believe in a fair process that will not be rushed to conclusion by an artificial deadline", says Richardson.

The second report, released earlier this week, claims Greitens lied on a campaign disclosure form about a list of donors to his charity, The Mission Continues.

Pro Tem Richard tells reporters this process "has monumental consequences".

Richardson says the House committee's investigation has been to collect facts, adding that the committee has made itself available for any witness, including Greitens, to testify.

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