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Special session possible to oust Chappelle-Nadal

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The backlash continues for Democratic Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal from a posted comment on Facebook last week that expressed hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mike Parson sent a letter to senators Tuesday urging Chappelle-Nadal be expelled. "I am calling on the Missouri Senate to go into special session in conjunction with Veto Session, with the purpose of expelling Senator Chappelle-Nadal from the body under the authority vested to the Senate under Article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution."

Chappelle-Nadal offered a personal apology to the president and his family on Sunday but has resisted calls to resign. Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Congressman Lacy Clay and the Missouri Democratic Party have called for her resignation.

Sen. Paul Wieland of Jefferson County and Sen. Dave Schatz of Franklin County, both Republicans, told News 4 if Chappelle-Nadal doesn't step down, the senate should step in and remove her from office. 

Parson's request for a special session came hours after Republican and Democratic state Senate leaders removed Chappelle-Nadal from all of her legislative committee assignments.

Donna Masters, who lives in Chappelle-Nadal's senate district said she doesn't support calls to remove the senator from office, "I'm split down the middle, I  know she shouldn't have said it, I doubt if she literally meant it, I think she can do more good in office than out."

Democratic Sen. Jill Schupp told News 4 Chappelle-Nadal should be held accountable for what she calls a "horrific statement." But Schupp said her colleague in the senate admitted her mistake and apologized and doesn't deserve to be removed from office.

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