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House unlikely to start Greitens impeachment this week

Posted: 2:29 PM, Apr 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-19 22:12:01Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the same day a St. Louis County District Judge ruled that the criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens can move forward, Missouri legislators signaled they likely won’t start any impeachment proceedings this week.

41 Action News reporter Steven Dial says Missouri House members are heading home for the weekend, likely stalling any impeachment proceedings until next week at the earliest.

House Speaker Todd Richardson (R – Poplar Bluff) has yet to assign the impeachment resolution to a special committee.

Earlier this week , Richardson and other top legislative leaders called on the governor to resign following a House Special Committee report investigating allegations the governor invaded a woman’s privacy during a 2015 affair and an investigation by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley that alleges the governor illegally used a donor list for his charity.

Greitens has refused calls for his resignation, and though he has admitted to the 2015 affair, he denies any criminal wrong-doing in the case.