SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - (2/26/2018) Five republicans and two democrats announced today that they have formed a committee to investigate whether or not the allegations against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens are true.
The once rising political star, has found himself facing felony charges for invasion of privacy as Greitens was indicted last week for allegedly threatening to release a nude photograph of his former mistress.
While the governor has admitted to the affair, he denied blackmailing the woman. He also stated these charges are the result of a reckless and liberal prosecutor.
However, the Missouri House is still searching for answers and has announced their own investigation which will be headed up by Republican Representative Jay Barnes.
"This committees task is to investigate facts. We're going to do so in a way that is fair thorough and timely and we're going to do it without any pre-ordained results which means we will be asking questions of witnesses on both sides," said Barnes.
In addition to the investigation, a dozen Republican lawmakers signed a letter Monday asking for the governor to step down. A senator from each party has also called for the governor's impeachment.
"Our focus is going to be on the underlying facts of the indictment and circumstances surrounding them. We are not going to waste time, and we are not going to rush through this so fast that we don't do a thorough job," said Barnes.
Despite the criminal charges, Greitens has maintained his innocence and has refused to hand over his resignation. He stated that he will continue to fight for the people of Missouri.
As a result of this investigation, prosecutors have announced that additional charges against the governor are possible. Greitens will be in court March 16th for his first hearing.