With Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, refusing to resign after Wednesday’s explosive report, calls for his impeachment intensified among some legislators.
Article VII Section I of the Missouri Constitution states that officeholders are subject to impeachment for “crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.”
House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, D-Kansas City, said that even if Greitens was ultimately acquitted on an invasion of privacy charge in St. Louis, the state Constitution allows the Legislature to examine impeachment.
“It clearly allows us to look at this,” she told reporters. “We are looking at his integrity. We are looking at moral turpitude.”
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, announced that the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight had expanded its mission to consider recommending “any and all” disciplinary action against Greitens. He said the committee said it would not complete its work by the Legislature’s mandatory May 18 adjournment.
He said House and Senate leadership would “begin the process of calling a special session so that the Legislature has the opportunity to consider any recommendations of the committee.” Leaders would need the signatures of three-fourths of the members in each chamber to call themselves back for a special session.
Articles of impeachment would need to be introduced and voted out of the House committee before heading to the House floor. The articles of impeachment would need 82 votes in the 163-member House to advance to the Senate. The Senate would then select a panel of seven judges to try the case. Five of the seven judges would need to agree to remove Greitens from office for him to be ousted.
— Jack Suntrup