Missouri lawmakers set special session to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens

Missouri lawmakers set special session to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens

The Missouri General Assembly filed a petition for a special session for the objective of disciplinary action against Governor Eric Greitens Thursday.

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

The special session required three-fourths of the members of the senate and three-fourths the members of the house.

The special session is set to take place on the same day the legislature concludes its regular session.

Records provided to the AP in response to an open-records request show that the version posted to the governor's website in January 2017 differed from the official version filed with Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.

Lawmakers said there are two reasons for the special session.

Greitens stands indicted on a felony charge stemming from an extra-marital affair he admits to.

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

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens appears in a police booking photo in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., February 22, 2018.

Richardson says a special session means the bipartisan House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will have the time it needs to finish its investigation. His accuser, a hairdresser with whom Greitens had sex several times in 2015 claims the then-Navy Reserve officer Greitens violently initiated the sexual encounter and then took photographs of the pair, threatening to release them if she spoke about their affair.

"Members signed this petition because they believe in a fair process that will not be rushed to conclusion by an artificial deadline", says Richardson. Attorney General Josh Hawley said Greitens illegally obtained the donor list from the charity to use for political fundraising.

The woman agreed to testify only after the allegations that the governor had photographed without her consent were widely reported in the media.

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.

The former aide, Danny Laub, also said he was tricked by Greitens' team into taking the fall for how the donor list came into the campaign's possession.

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