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State lawmakers say process should play out before action is taken on Greitens

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Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens announces he won't step down ahead of a report released by a legislative committee investigating him. Credit: KMOV Mo. Gov. Eric Greitens announces he won't step down ahead of a report released by a legislative committee investigating him. Credit: KMOV

(KMOV.com) - Several state lawmakers who signed a petition to call a special legislative session regarding Missouri Gov Eric Greitens say they will let the process play out before taking any action.

Thursday, leaders of the Missouri House and Senate said enough lawmakers had signed a petition for a special session that would begin May 18. The session will focus on possible discipline for Greitens in connection with an investigation being conducted by a special committee.

The committee has released two reports; one on alleged wrongdoing connected to an affair and another discusses accusations that Greitens used a donor list from the veteran’s charity he founded, the Mission Continues, for political fundraising.

Greitens is also facing criminal charges in connection with the affair and the handling of the donor list. He has denied wrongdoing.

The special investigative committee’s work would have to stop when the legislature adjourns but the special session will allow more time for the process to play out.

“The vast majority felt with what has transpired, there was enough need for us to go into special session,” said state Sen. Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis.

“It makes more sense to call the special session and let the criminal case be adjudicated. And then consider whether or not these charges are impeachable.” said state Rep. Justin Hill, R-St. Charles.

Not every state lawmaker signed the petition. State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal, D-University City, said she did not sign because of her concerns about Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who would become the state’s chief executive if Greitens is removed from office.

“It’s pretty bad to have Gov. Greitens but Mike Parsons is worse, even with everything Governor Greitens has done,” Chapelle-Nadal said.

If impeached and removed from office, Greitens would be only the ninth governor in the United States to be forcibly removed from office.

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