Lawmaker on special committee investigating Greitens speaks - KMOV.com

Lawmaker on special committee investigating Greitens speaks

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Tommy Pierson Jr. Credit: KMOV Tommy Pierson Jr. Credit: KMOV
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A member of the special committee set to investigate Gov. Eric Greitens spoke to News 4 about the work the committee members will be doing.

Greitens is facing an invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising of his then mistress. In a recording, the woman told her then-husband that Greitens threatened to use the photo as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

Greitens has admitted to the affair but has denied wrongdoing in the connection with it.

Rep. Tommie Pierson, Jr. said the committee doesn’t have an official name or a schedule, but he said lawmakers know the work will be big.

“This is a weighty matter and kind of takes priority,” said Pierson.

Pierson says his role on the committee tops all of his responsibilities in Jefferson City. He is a minister and brings a religious perspective to a scandal that many Republicans say is immoral.

“I agree there will be some moral judgments that I’m sure we will arrive at, but we’ll have to remember our jobs and why we are there,” said Pierson.

South County Democrat Bob Burns told News 4 he thinks the five Republicans and two Democrats that were selected to serve on the committee are solid choices.

Committee chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, says he expects part of the committee’s work to be open to the public.

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