Missouri lawmakers seeking special session for impeachment proceedings against Greitens

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The Missouri General Assembly filed a petition for a special session for the goal of disciplinary action against Governor Eric Greitens Thursday.

The decision marks the first time the state's General Assembly has convened a special session, action typically taken by Missouri's governor, according to House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.

Missouri House and Senate leaders said they've collected more than the constitutionally required signatures of three-fourths of the members of each chamber to summon the session.

The special session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday May 18, which is the final day of the 2018 session. No governor has ever been forced from office in Missouri.

His criminal trial on felony invasion of privacy charges begins May 14. Two staffers said they abided by Greitens' multiple orders to share the list, which The Associated Press reported yielded nearly $2 million in donations to the campaign.

It will involve recommendations for Governor Eric Greitens, who has been indicted in St. Louis City for invasion of privacy and charged in that jurisdiction for an unrelated computer tampering case.

The report says a former Greitens' campaign aide testified he was deceived into being listed in an Ethics Commission settlement as providing the charity donor list to Greitens campaign.

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

A special House committee investigating Greitens released a report Wednesday alleging the governor misused a list of charity donors from The Mission Continues, a charity he founded, for his gubernatorial campaign.

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.

In an unprecedented move, the Missouri Legislature will conduct a special session to consider the impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens.

Pro Tem Richard tells reporters this process "has monumental consequences".

The House has already released two scathing reports against the governor.

The former aide, Danny Laub, also said he was tricked by Greitens' team into taking the fall for how the donor list came into the campaign's possession.