|Late Wednesday afternoon, a special investigative committee of the Missouri House of Representatives issued a report on Governor Greitens’ affair with his hair stylist. In the report, the woman alleges that some of the sexual encounters with Greitens were not consensual. The committee concluded that the woman was “an overall credible witness.” The committee also heard from several other witnesses who corroborated the woman’s account.
Read the report here. PLEASE NOTE: the report includes material of a sensitive and sexual nature.
In a press conference, Governor Greitens insisted the affair was completely consensual in nature. The governor declined to be interviewed by the House committee, which is within his constitutional rights, as the committee noted. The governor faces a felony charge for invasion of privacy, which will be considered separately by a criminal court in St. Louis.
After the report was issued, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other legislative leaders held a press conference. Richardson said the investigative committee was charged with gathering facts and trying to determine the credibility of witnesses. He vigorously disputed that the legislative process represented a “witch hunt.” He said the legislature is a separate branch of government that has its own role in considering misconduct by a governor.
Richardson said the investigative committee would continue its work but now would expand its mission to consider recommendations for any disciplinary action against the governor by the Missouri General Assembly. Meanwhile, according to Richardson, legislative leaders would, “begin the process of calling a special session so that the Legislature has the opportunity to consider any recommendations of the committee.”
For the Missouri General Assembly to call itself into special session will require the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri House and the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri Senate. Richardson said any special session, if approved, would not commence until legislators conclude their regular session on May 18. For more, read this AP article.