Lawmakers Announce Special Session

Lawmakers Announce Special Session

Leaders from the Missouri House and Senate announced they are calling for a special session to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens after allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of a charity donor list.

A spokeswoman for Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft confirmed the special session petition had been filed with the office Thursday night.

The petition calls upon lawmakers to consider the upcoming recommendations of the House investigatory committee on potential "disciplinary actions" against the first-term Republican governor, which also could include lesser reprimands than impeachment.

According to the Missouri Constitution, the special session can last no more than 30 days.

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.

The move comes as Greitens faces two felony charges - one related to a 2015 extramarital affair and the other to using a charity donor list for his gubernatorial campaign. Richardson tells Capitol reporters 138 House members and 29 state senators have signed the petition. "I hoped from the beginning of this process that the committee would find no wrongdoing, so we could bring this investigation to a close and put all of our attention on the issues that matter most to Missouri families". That happens for the first time in 30 years on May 18. The Senate would need to select seven eminent jurists to rule on the case if the House moves forward with articles of impeachment against Greitens.

"Make no mistake about it; today's actions ensure that there will be a conclusion to this process", Richardson stated, ensuring everyone that they would do their work within the required 30-day period.

"We stand ready to do it if called upon", he said. "Unfortunately, he has refused to do the right thing", Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said.

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

It takes a three-fourths majority of both chambers to call themselves into a special session.

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.

Governor Eric Greitens has been in a ton of hot water lately, and that water might just be about to boil.

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