Missouri Legislature Calls Special Session to Consider Impeaching Governor Eric Greitens

Donna Miller
May 4, 2018

The call for the Missouri Legislature to go into a special session has received enough votes in the Senate and House.

"This path is not the one that I would have chosen for Missourians or my colleagues", said Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Republican.

Missouri House and Senate leaders said they've collected more than the constitutionally required signatures of three-fourths of the members of each chamber to summon the session.

Members of the Missouri legislature have acted to schedule a special session for the first time in the state's history, with the objective of considering disciplinary actions against their governor.

The governor, once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, has remained defiant and vowed that he'll be vindicated.

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

The special session is unprecedented in Missouri.

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is facing the possibility of impeachment following charges filed against him.

Convening a special session will allow the investigatory committee to continue its work without worrying that it could be arbitrarily halted by the end of the regular session. In the past, special sessions have only been called by the governor.

That House committee this week released its second report examining Greitens' conduct, divulging new details behind his campaign's use of a donor list he took from The Mission Continues, a veterans charity he founded.

The committee said there is compelling evidence Greitens violated campaign financing rules and then lied to the state ethics commission about it.

Last month, the same committee released a report with testimony from a woman who alleged Greitens had restrained, slapped, shoved, threatened and belittled her during a series of sexual encounters in 2015.

His criminal trial on felony invasion of privacy charges begins May 14, four days before the special session.

Governor Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and Rhodes Scholar, (while admitting to infidelity) has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and adamantly refused to resign. He is accused of taking and transmitting a partially nude and unauthorized photo of the woman while she was bound and blindfolded in the basement of his home.

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