State lawmakers, mostly Democrats, reacted Thursday to the felony indictment of Gov. Eric Greitens by calling on him to resign. Top Republicans said they would launch an investigation to see whether he is still able to lead the state.
In a joint statement, Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo said: “We will carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward. The people of Missouri deserve no less. We will begin the process of tasking a group of legislators to investigate these serious charges.”
In a statement, House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty called on Greitens to resign.
“It will be extremely difficult for the governor to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head, Beatty said. “While the criminal justice system must run its course, the governor needs to consider whether remaining in office under these circumstances is the right thing to do for not only himself and his family but for the people of Missouri.”