Rep. Jay Barnes (right) | Via barnesformissouri.com

House committee chair: Greitens committed impeachable offenses, ‘acts constituting crimes’



The leader of the Missouri House committee that investigated former Gov. Eric Greitens sent a letter to his fellow committee members Monday that essentially announced the committee’s end, but also offered a biting assessment of conduct by Greitens and his dark-money group.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, called the group a “criminal enterprise” and said his committee had evidence to approve articles of impeachment if Greitens had not resigned.

Barnes also said in the letter that the panel possessed evidence of Greitens committing “multiple acts constituting crimes, misconduct, and acts of moral turpitude warranting the filing of articles of impeachment.”

Barnes said he didn’t think the committee had jurisdiction to investigate a former governor, but he suggested the state attorney general’s office, the Cole County prosecutor’s office and the Missouri Ethics Commission still could.

The committee formed in February after Greitens was indicted on charges of felony invasion of privacy. The governor announced his resignation on May 29, shortly after a judge ordered Greitens’ campaign and affiliated nonprofit, A New Missouri, to submit documents to the committee.

The committee ceased its efforts to obtain the documents after Greitens left office on June 1.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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