Missouri House forms panel to investigate Greitens

The Missouri House of Representatives officially opened an investigation Monday that could lead to the impeachment of Gov. Eric Greitens.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, appointed a seven-member committee to investigate felony charges of invasion of privacy against Greitens, a Republican.

Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, will lead the committee. He said the investigation’s focus will be limited to Greitens’ alleged crime.

The second-year governor was indicted Thursday for invasion of privacy stemming from a 2015 incident in which he allegedly took and transmitted a photo of a sexual partner without her consent. Greitens was married but had yet to enter the race for governor when the alleged crime took place. He has admitted to engaging in affair at the time, but he has consistently denied the criminal allegations.

Beyond Barnes, the House committee includes four other Republicans: Reps. Don Phillips, Kimberling City; Jeanie Lauer, Blue Springs; Kevin Austin, Springfield; and Shawn Rhoads, West Plains. Democratic Reps. Gina Mitten, Richmond Heights, and Tommie Pierson Jr., St. Louis, round out the group.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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