Special Session of Missouri Legislature to Consider Impeachment for Gov. Eric Greitens

Special Session of Missouri Legislature to Consider Impeachment for Gov. Eric Greitens

Special Session of Missouri Legislature to Consider Impeachment for Gov. Eric Greitens

Missouri state lawmakers announced Thursday that they will hold a special session later this month to consider impeachment proceedings against Gov. Eric Greitens (R).

It is the first time in Missouri's history that state legislators have called for a special session, House Speaker Todd Richardson, a Republican, said in a news conference Thursday.

"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.

The special session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday May 18, which is the final day of the 2018 session.

No Missouri governor has ever been impeached.

These allegations are on top of a criminal invasion of privacy trial due to start in two weeks in St. Louis.

Greitens' request for bench trial in March was denied.

"The vast majority felt with what has transpired, there was enough need for us to go into special session", said state Sen. Court documents allege Greitens took a nude photograph of a woman he was having an affair with in 2015 and then transmitted the photo so it could be seen on a computer.

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"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 said.

The session could lead to an impeachment, which would be a first for a Missouri governor, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A second report issued on Wednesday concluded Greitens lied to the state ethics commission last year about how a donor list from a military veterans charity he founded in 2007 and ran for several years was obtained for use by his gubernatorial campaign.

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.

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

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

The woman agreed to testify only after the allegations that the governor had photographed without her consent were widely reported in the media. The house would need 82 votes to impeach Greitens.

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