Republican lawmakers in Jefferson City are gathering signatures to consider impeaching Gov. Eric Greitens during a special session after completion of the legislature’s regular session in May. However, many Democrats want more immediate action, and House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, has filed a resolution to clear the way for the impeachment process.
Meanwhile, the governor’s attorneys are seeking a restraining order against Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Greitens, a Republican, faces felony invasion of privacy charges stemming from allegations that he took a nude photo of a woman without her permission during a 2015 affair. On Tuesday, Hawley announced that his office had discovered potential criminal wrongdoing by Greitens related to his unauthorized use of a nonprofit’s records for his political campaign.
The governor’s attorneys say Hawley should be barred from his office’s investigation into Greitens because he called on the governor to resign. Hawley called the motion, filed Monday in Cole County, “frivolous.”