Law­mak­ers pur­sue probe de­spite dis­missal

Leg­isla­tive in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions against gov­er­nor pro­ceeds

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

JEF­FER­SON CITY, Mo. — Mis­souri Gov. Eric Gre­it­ens may have gained an ar­gu­ment against im­peach­ment when a St. Louis pros­e­cu­tor dropped a crim­i­nal charge against him, but the gov­er­nor’s “great vic­tory” seems to have done lit­tle to slow leg­isla­tive mo­men­tum for an ef­fort to try to re­move him from of­fice.

A day af­ter the charge was dis­missed, a House in­ves­ti­ga­tory com­mit­tee sig­naled that it’s push­ing for­ward with its own ex­panded in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that ex­tend be­yond Gre­it­ens’ ac­knowl­edged ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair to his means of rais­ing money for his 2016 gu­ber­na­to­rial cam­paign.

Re­pub­li­can leg­isla­tive lead­ers af­firmed that a month­long spe­cial ses­sion fo­cused solely on al­le­ga­tions against Gre­it­ens will con­vene Fri­day as sched­uled. At­tor­neys for the gov­er­nor’s of­fice are brac­ing for an im­peach­ment de­fense, pre-emp­tively sug­gest­ing that law­mak­ers treat their hear­ings like a trial that al­lows them to call and ques­tion wit­nesses.

Gre­it­ens, 44, was charged with felony in­va­sion of pri­vacy for al­legedly tak­ing and trans­mit­ting a photo of an at least par­tially nude woman with­out her per­mis­sion in March 2015, be­fore he was elected gov­er­nor.

Gre­it­ens hasn’t di­rectly an­swered ques­tions about whether he took the photo.

Gov. Eric Gre­it­ens

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