The Drama Continues in the Capitol City
All we need is an elephant, a tiger and a ringmaster to have a full circus in town! This past week saw the house investigative committee hard at work again. We expect to release a supplement to the original report this coming week. In the meantime, on Tuesday, Missouri’s Attorney General, Josh Hawley, announced that his investigation revealed the Governor had allegedly committed computer tampering regarding a list of donors to the “The Mission Continues,” the pro-veterans charity the Governor founded.
Note: It’s a felony to use a non-profit organization's donor list for soliciting campaign contributions. On Friday, the St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney’s office announced the Governor had been charged with suspicion of stealing an electronic list of donors. This charge was based on complaint information and not a grand jury indictment. In advance of this hoopla, the Governor filed for a temporary restraining order to halt the Attorney General’s investigation. On Thursday, a Cole County judge ruled against the Governor’s request and on the same day Judge Burlison in St. Louis, ruled against the Governor’s request to drop the criminal charges of invasion of privacy.
There’s a strong possibility of a special session being called to specifically deal with articles of impeachment. It takes a 75% vote of the House of Representatives to call ourselves into special session. Usually this is done by the Governor but obviously he’s not going to call a special session in this case. Speaker Richardson is collecting signatures to call forth special session. The intent is to begin as soon as the regular session is finished on May 18 th .
HR 6783 Filed
On April 17th, Rep. Gail Beatty, minority floor leader, filed House Resolution 6783, that authorizes the House Investigative Committee on Oversight to introduce articles of impeachment against Governor Eric Greitens upon a finding of good cause. At this time, HR 6783 has not been referred to our committee. If or when it gets referred, the committee will determine if there is indeed cause to introduce articles of impeachment.
Calls for Resignation
Several high level political leaders have called for the Governor to resign immediately because of a loss of confidence in his ability to effectively lead the state, moving forward. Thus far, the Governor has refused to resign citing all charges as untrue.
Our committee will meet again this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and probably Thursday to continue investigating the actions of Governor Greitens.