Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Greitens discussion dominates Senate as lawmakers move for special session



Debate over the fate of Gov. Eric Greitens dominated discussion on the floor of the Missouri Senate on Thursday, one day after the release of a House committee’s report containing testimony from a woman with whom Greitens had an affair in 2015.

Multiple Republicans in the chamber, including Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, called for Greitens, also a Republican, to resign.

Greitens faces felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from a photo he allegedly took of the woman in 2015. The House report addressed that allegation and also contained testimony that Greitens had been physically violent toward the woman and engaged in sexual activity to which she did not consent.

Greitens questions omission 

After the Senate adjourned Thursday afternoon, Greitens issued a statement saying the House report had omitted video, submitted by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, that featured accounts from the woman inconsistent with her testimony in the report.

Special session likely

House Speaker Todd Richardson said Wednesday that lawmakers were initiating the process of calling a special session after the completion of the legislature’s regular session next month. He also noted that the special committee led by Rep. Jay Barnes would continue its work investigating Greitens.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, Missourinet, Jefferson City News Tribune

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