The Latest: Missouri House approves Greitens investigation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local):
The Missouri House has overwhelmingly approved a resolution authorizing an investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens.
There were no dissenting votes Thursday as the House adopted a measure setting forth the procedures for a seven-member bipartisan committee.
The panel was formed by House Speaker Todd Richardson in response to Greitens’ indictment last week on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge stemming from an extramarital affair in 2015.
The House panel will be able to use subpoenas issued by Richardson to compel testimony from witnesses. Some of that testimony could be closed to the public to protect the identity of certain witnesses.
The resolution gives the committee 40 days to issue a report, though it allows extensions.
Depending on the results, the committee’s findings could be used to initiate impeachment proceedings against the Republican governor.
A St. Louis grand jury investigating Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has subpoenaed some of his staffers.
The staffers’ attorneys confirmed the subpoenas Thursday to the Kansas City Star but wouldn’t name the employees.
The Republican governor was indicted by the grand jury on one felony count of invasion of privacy. The indictment alleges Greitens took a compromising photo of a woman without her consent while they had an affair in March 2015.
Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves told the newspaper that his law firm is representing some of Greitens’ official staffers.
Attorney Catherine Hanaway said she’s representing a staffer who also used to serve on Greitens’ campaign. Hanaway says her law firm has been retained by Greitens’ campaign but added that no current campaign staffers have been subpoenaed.