House committee continues Greitens investigation amid new charge, impeachment rumblings

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 09:32:18-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens could turn himself in as early as Monday to be booked on felony computer tampering charges. 

Late Friday, Gov. Greitens was charged with computer tampering. He is accused on using a donor sheet from his charity, The Mission Continues, for political gain.

The charity is based in St. Louis and was co-founded by Gov. Greitens before he ran for governor. 

Gov. Greitens allegedly took the donor sheet to use to raise funds for his campaign. 

He was asked about the sheet in 2016 by a reporter for the Associated Press, and denied having it.

But in 2017 and ethics investigation revealed that Gov. Greitens said he did have the donor sheet. He said it was given to him as an “in kind” donation. 

The charity, however, said they did not give the donor sheet to Gov. Greitens. 

Aside from the computer tampering charge, Gov. Greitens is facing a charge for felony invasion of privacy. 

The special House committee investigating Gov. Greitens released a report filled with the testimony of the woman Gov. Greitens admitted to having an affair with. She alleges he physically abused her and threatened to blackmail her using a nude photo. 

Gov. Greitens denies both charges of computer tampering and invasion of privacy.

Republican leadership in the Missouri House and Senate have called for Gov. Greitens to resign, but he has called it a 'witch hunt' and said will not resign. 

This week in Jefferson City could involve a standoff between the Speaker of the House and Democrats. 

Speaker Todd Richardson is trying to get 123 signatures to force a special session to deal with the impeachment. With 112 Republicans in the House, he needs support from Democrats, too, to make it happen. 

Minority Leader and Kansas City Rep. Gail McCann Beatty said all the evidence that has come out so far is enough for impeachment. She told 41 Action News she does not see a need to wait for a special session to impeach Gov. Greitens.

The special House committee investigating the governor has two scheduled meetings this week to continue their investigation. 

41 Action News spoke to the White House press office over the weekend. At this time, they have no comment from the President on Gov. Greitens’ recent charges.