Speaker says process to call special session in Greitens investigation 'on track'

Posted: 4:29 PM, Apr 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-26 21:29:17Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri State House is expected to have enough signatures to call a special session to consider impeaching Governor Eric Greitens.

During a press conference Thursday in Jefferson City, Mo., House Speaker Todd Richardson said the process is on track.

“We’ve made significant progress again this week and we’ve begun discussions with the minority party to get their members' signatures,” Richardson said.

Greitens faces two felony charges. In February, prosecutors in St. Louis charged the governor with invasion of privacy. That charge stems from an affair he had in 2015 before taking office. The governor denies any wrongdoing.

Then last week, prosecutors in St. Louis charged the Republican governor with tampering with computer data. This charge relates to the charity Greitens founded, the Mission Continues. Prosecutors accuse the governor of illegally using the charity’s donor list during his campaign.

The special house committee set up to investigate the Governor’s actions after the first charge, is also looking into the second charge as well.

“The committee has continued to work,” said Richardson. “They have been looking into the Mission Continues and the facts surrounding that. I anticipate in the near future, they will have a report.”

Richardson, along with several other Republicans and Democrats, called for the governor to resign earlier this month after the committee issued its first report . Thursday, Richardson said he has not spoken to the governor since he called for him to step down.