Likelihood grows for special session to impeach Gov. Greitens - KMOV.com

Likelihood grows for special session to impeach Gov. Greitens

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

It's looking more likely they will be a special session of the Missouri Legislature to consider impeaching Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Republican Speaker of the House Todd Richardson said Thursday that a substantial number of Republicans had signed a petition calling for a special session to consider the impeachment of the governor. 

Richardson said any impeachment proceedings wouldn't happen till a special committee investigating Greitens finished its work. And he said the committee told him it wouldn't be able to finish before the end of the regular session in four weeks.

"I think they still believe they need additional time to finish that work which is why we have begun the process of calling ourselves into a special session," said Richardson.

 The Speaker also said he wouldn't give the committee an artificial deadline or try to rush them.

Richardson said, "Anytime you're talking about exercising what is one of the most consequential of legislative powers you should act rationally. We're not going to take it lightly and we're going to move as quickly as we can and do a thorough job." 

Three-fourths of house members have to sign the petition to call for a special session and Richardson said he hadn't collected that many signatures. But he said he would seek out Democrats who would want to sign the petition next week.

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard spoke about the gravity of the discussions and preparations at the capitol for the possibility of impeaching a sitting governor by saying these were "extraordinary times.."

Senator Richard also said, "I recognize the severity of this and what we do here is going to set a precedent for years and generations to come." 

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