Governor Eric Greitens is under fire after allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources have surfaced. As a response to the situation, Missouri lawmakers have announced a special session to be held to consider Eric Greiten’s impeachment.
This move is historic – it marks the first time Missouri lawmakers have announced a special session. They are normally called by governors.
The session will be held on the 18th of May at 6:30pm. House and Senate leaders have reportedly gathered the necessary three-fourths of member’s signatures to hold the session. During the session, discussion of the Governor’s actions and the possibility of impeachment or other repercussions will take place.
The announcement comes after the second report of Eric Greiten’s misbehavior issued by a House investigatory committee. In March, a report of Greiten’s sexual misconduct in 2015 was released.
The report detailed a woman’s sexual encounters with Greiten, during which she was threatened, slapped, and restrained by the Governor. The Missouri governor claims all sexual encounters with the woman were consensual and denies any illegal activity on his part.
Greiten was accused of taking a photo of the woman without her consent when she was bound in his basement. He faces a trial on May 14th for an invasion of privacy.
This was followed by his second report, which detailed Greiten’s misuse of charity resources for personal benefit. The Governor used the donor list of a charity he founded to help fund his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.
Greiten is charged with tampering with computer data by sending this donor list without the permission of the charity.
Such allegations and evidence of the Governor’s misconduct has no doubt caused a stir in the Missouri parliament. The call of this special session could result in the impeachment of Greitens or less severe repercussions.