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Missouri House speaker apologizes after report about intern

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In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Diehl Jr., R-Town and Country, calls for an end to debate during aspecial session at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City, Mo In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, Rep. John Diehl Jr., R-Town and Country, calls for an end to debate during aspecial session at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City, Mo
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Speaker John Diehl is apologizing for his "poor judgment" after a newspaper reported that he had exchanged sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern.

Diehl released a written statement Wednesday asking for forgiveness and saying he's working to "restore the trust of those closest to me." 

Below is Diehl's full statement:

“I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down. I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation. I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation. The buck stops here. I ask for forgiveness. I will begin immediately working to restore the trust of those closest to me, and getting back to the important work that is required in the final days of session.”


Earlier Wednesday, The Kansas City Star released a story accompanied by screenshots of apparent electronic messages between Diehl and a college student who was a Capitol intern. The messages included some sexually suggestive discussions.

Diehl's statement did not specifically mention the messages.

The intern no longer works at the Capitol. She declined to comment Wednesday.

A Democratic lawmaker has begun circulating a petition calling for a vote on removing Diehl as speaker.

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