Tag: scandal

Wagner blasts Greitens, states that he’s unfit to lead Missouri

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner took to Twitter on Thursday to blast Missouri Governor Eric Greitens following the release of the state’s House report on the governor’s alleged abuse. The congresswoman stated that she believes it was a unfortunate chapter within the state’s history, and that she believes that Greitens is unfit to lead Missouri. “This is a sad chapter in our history that should never have come to pass. Two months ago, after the disturbing […]

Judge denies Greitens’ defense team’s request for trial by judge

The judge presiding over Governor Eric Greitens’ case regarding alleged invasion of privacy denied the Greitens’ defense team’s request to trial by judge. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison decided the case will be heard by a jury trial on May 14. Additionally on Monday, Greitens’ lawyers wanted a complete dismissal of the trial because they felt that First Assistant Robert Steele misled the grand jury about the state’s invasion of privacy law. Greitens’ lawyers also said […]

Uncertainty surrounds legal defense as a lobbyist gift from former ‘at no cost’ attorneys

Dowd Bennett exited as the defense for the Governor on a lawsuit against the Governor for using a message-deleting app to conduct state business last week, but not before they registered as lobbyists for Eric Greitens himself – while conducting a pro bono, or “at no cost,” defense. In January 2017, after being sworn in as Missouri’s 56th Governor, Greitens went upstairs to the second-floor office and immediately signed his first order of business, an executive […]

Barnes files resolution to launch House investigation of Gov. Greitens

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens can officially get underway, now that the House Resolution calling for the investigation has been filed. Rep. Jay Barnes was announced as the chairman of the newly-formed Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, and on Tuesday, he filed HR 5565, which authorizes the committee of seven state representatives to investigate the allegations against the Republican governor. The committee is comprised of Barnes and Reps. Jeanie Lauer, […]

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed calls for impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, has joined other Missouri legislators on Friday calling for the removal of Gov. Eric Greitens following the news of his indictment. Nasheed in a statement stated that the governor should be removed for the good of all residents of the state. “Gov. Greitens has to go,” Nasheed said. “Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a liar and alleged criminal. I am […]

Senators discuss impeachment on chamber floor, Richard says Senate ‘won’t get in the middle of an ongoing investigation’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the Missouri Senate are sending a message to the state’s House of Representatives, and to Republican Governor Eric Greitens as well. What that message might be is open to interpretation, but it simply seems to be: “We want to see this dealt with.” Arriving on the Senate floor on Thursday morning, Sens. Gary Romine and Doug Libla began a conversational exchange on the floor concerning the recent allegations of […]

RELEASE: Cookson: Resign as Governor…so that the work can resume

From Rep. Steve Cookson: I want to thank Eric Greitens for his service to the nation and the State of Missouri, and specifically for appointing me to the Organ Donor Task Force. However, after the events of the last week, including the victim confirming that it was, in fact, her voice, on the tape that aired Wednesday night, I want to appeal to his sense of character, and any regard he may have for the […]

RELEASE: Butler: Governor is too distracted to lead

From Rep. Michael Butler, House Minority Caucus Chair: I’d like to first of all state how much respect I have for Reps. Conway and Haefner for courageously stepping forward and calling for the governor to resign. It has become clear to me that the Governor does not have the political support or the moral authority to continue to lead this state. This scandal is far too big of a distraction for him to effectively lead in this […]

How We Got Here: An anthology of controversies and conflict between the Governor and General Assembly

In light of the scandal gripping state government, a lot has been made of the relationship between the Governor and the General Assembly. We decided to pull together some of the relevant dates regarding recent scandals in state politics and Eric Greitens’ rocket-like climb to the highest office in the state. Governor Eric Greitens February 21, 2015 Eric Greitens attends the Missouri Republican Party Lincoln Days event in Kansas City and states his intentions to […]

RELEASE: Statement from State Senator Jill Schupp

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –The following is a statement from State Senator Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur). “The allegations made against Missouri’s governor are deeply, deeply troubling. My thoughts and prayers are with the First Lady and their two young children as they work through this private matter. But private issues aside, the accusations made against the governor must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated in order to restore the public’s trust to our state’s highest office. […]