Local lawmakers react over upcoming special session on Greitens

Local lawmakers react over upcoming special session on Greitens

"This was not a decision made lightly and certainly not without great deliberation and effort", Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson said at a news conference.

Although lawmakers gathered more than the constitutionally required signatures of three-fourths of the members of each chamber to summon themselves into a special session, some wavered before finally agreeing to the plan.

Another defense memo filed later Thursday provides more claims of perjury by the prosecution's once lead investigator and witnesses and the state's alleged failures to disclose evidence.

The defense motion also criticizes the Missouri House for releasing investigative reports about the case "just days before" jury selection is set to start May 10; it says Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's April 17 announcement accusing Greitens of misusing a charity donor list to solicit campaign contributions "reckless, outrageous conduct so shortly before a scheduled jury trial".

The publisher of Missouri Times says he paid his own money to buy audiotapes made by the ex-husband of a woman who had an affair with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he meant to use them to write a book.

"The vast majority felt with what has transpired, there was enough need for us to go into special session", said state Sen.

Greitens was indicted in February on a single count of criminal invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo without the consent of the woman with whom he was involved and threatening to blackmail her with it.

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The petition calls upon lawmakers to consider the upcoming recommendations of the House investigatory committee on potential "disciplinary actions" against the first-term Republican governor, which also could include lesser reprimands than impeachment.

"Members signed this petition because they believe in a fair process that will not be rushed to conclusion by an artificial deadline".

The special session will be held May 18, at 6:30 p.m.

In the filing, Greitens' attorney specifically points to the release this week of the House committee's report about the donor list.

Richardson said he already spoken with retired judges about the process of preparing a potential trial panel.

The committee issued its second report on Wednesday, which involved the Mission Continues charity.

That committee found Greitens illegally used the list in his campaign.

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