Examining the impeachment process of a governor in Missouri

Posted at 10:32 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 23:32:33-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the governor facing a felony charge, at least 11 state representatives now say Eric Greitens should consider resigning.

On Friday evening 41 Action News contacted all of the current members of the Missouri House of Representatives.

As of 9:30 p.m. 25 responded so far, outside of the 11 who say he should resign or consider it.

12 want to wait until the process plays out and three others did not provide a clear answer.

The latest disclosure report shows Greitens supporters raised more than $600,000.

41 Action News looked up donors in the Kansas City area. A majority of them still back the governor

When we asked what he should do next, they were all unsure.

Matt Harris, assistant professor of political science at Park University, thinks the governor's team is likely still plotting their next move.

"I think this is a weekend for Eric Greitens to kind of circle the wagons trying to figure out what's next," Harris said.

The last time the public saw Greitens was when he left the St. Louis Justice Center Thursday afternoon. 

While the governor and his legal team will see day their day in court, in Jefferson City, the process of whether or not he'll be impeached could begin as early as Monday.

House Speaker Todd Richarson has said he plans to examine the allegations. 

"The charges would be drawn up in the house judiciary committee and they would be investigating the same things that are being investigated by the district attorney office in St. Louis," Harris said.

The committee would present their finding to the House of Representatives who would then vote on whether or not to impeach the governor.

If a majority vote yes, the process then moves on.

"For the governor or the state supreme court member it's held with a panel of seven eminent jurist, which basically mean experts in the legal field selected by the Senate," Harris said.

The overall process isn't a quick one.

"It depends when the house would vote to bring the charges. Obviously, it would move to a trial stage there would have to be the selection of those eminent jurist so it would be a pretty extended timeframe," Harris said.

Five of the seven judges would have to find the governor guilty to remove him.

If that happens, the lieutenant governor would take over until the term ends in January 2021.