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Lawmakers continue releasing statements following Greitens report

Sens. Mike Kehoe, Dave Schatz and Gina Walsh released statements regarding the Greitens report. (Missouri Senate)

Several lawmakers continued releasing statements following the release of the investigative report on Gov. Eric Greitens.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri: “The allegations in the report are very concerning. As I said previously, both the legislative and legal processes that are underway are appropriate and should continue moving forward.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley: “The House Investigative Committee’s Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.”

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri: “I have read the official report from the Republican led Missouri House investigation, including the sworn testimony. It is clearly time to put the interests of the people of Missouri first. The Governor should resign.”

This is a sad chapter in our history that should never have come to pass. Two months ago, after the disturbing allegations against the Governor came to light, I called for an immediate and transparent investigation. The transcripts paint the picture of a vulnerable woman and a man who preyed on that vulnerability. I am disgusted, disheartened, and I believe Governor Greitens is unfit to lead our state."

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri: “The report issued today concerning Governor Greitens and his behavior surpasses disturbing. It is disgusting. This is not behavior befit for a leader in Missouri or anywhere else for that matter. Although he is certainly due his day in court, these reports further call into question his character as an individual, regardless of whether a law has been broken or not. I appreciate the continued deliberate steps taken by the Missouri General Assembly to address this matter. It is no easy task and they have done hard work. My prayers continue for Mrs. Greitens, their children and others who have been impacted by this."

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri: "This is a sad chapter in our history that should never have come to pass. Two months ago, after the disturbing allegations against the Governor came to light, I called for an immediate and transparent investigation. The transcripts paint the picture of a vulnerable woman and a man who preyed on that vulnerability. I am disgusted, disheartened, and I believe Governor Greitens is unfit to lead our state."

More now than ever before we are in desperate need of honorable people with integrity willing to dedicate themselves to public service. Our government needs it and the people of Missouri and our nation deserve it.”

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City: "I am grateful to the members of the committee. Each of them are men and women of high-character and great integrity, and I believe the report reflects that. The investigation is not a “witch-hunt”, nor are the contents of the report 'tabloid trash'. The governor will have his day in court to determine his guilt or innocence on the charge he was indicted for.

"However, the contents of this report are disturbing and disgusting, particularly as the father of three daughters. The governor has lost the moral authority and the ability to lead the state going forward. The governor should resign immediately for the good of the state, but more importantly, for the good of his family. Unlike any political office, his family will be with him for the rest of his life.

"Should the governor choose not to resign, I am persuaded that he has not only burned bridges, he has blown them up to where it will be impossible for him to effectively lead the state going forward. Remaining in office reeks of the self-serving actions of a “career politician” the governor has mockingly derided since his inauguration.

"I take no pleasure in calling for the governor’s resignation. But I do know our founding fathers devised a system of government which is greater than one person and able to handle this scenario. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Todd Richardson and Senator Ron Richard, the ship of state government sails steadily on course."

Sen. Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors: “Based on the shocking and unsettling events detailed in this report, we have no faith in Eric Greitens’ ability to effectively govern. He must resign immediately. If he refuses to do the right thing, the Missouri House of Representatives should move forward with the impeachment process.”

Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan: “The behavior outlined in the report is disturbing. I commend the committee for their diligent work to pursue the truth. The governor should, instead of hurling insults at the Legislature, immediately provide his testimony to the committee so they can provide a full accounting of all facts.

“I repeat my earlier call to the governor, he must consider whether or not he is fit to lead.”

Rep. Don Phillips, R-Kimberling City: “When our colleagues in the House voted on March 1st for the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight to investigate certain actions of Governor Greitens, their unanimous vote was a clear sign House members required nothing less than the highest level of integrity from the committee. The members placed their trust in the committee, with the expectation that we would follow the facts and provide a full accounting of what those facts were. It was a responsibility that each member of the committee took extremely seriously.

"The report released Wednesday reflects the thorough examination each committee member took in determining the validity of the facts of Governor Greitens’ conduct. The transcripts show that members did not just accept testimony as fact, but cross-examined witnesses, at times repeatedly and persistently, to ensure that what was reported to the House was indeed deemed accurate. Each member of the committee drew on their own professional experiences to question and determine each witness’s credibility. For me, I relied upon the lessons I learned in my 28 years as a Missouri state trooper in my inquiries and in my consideration of the truth.

The trust of my constituents and of my colleagues is the most important value needed to serve as a Representative. Everything I do is with honor and integrity to protect the trust that has been placed in me. In signing my name to the report, I did so with confidence that the committee diligently sought the truth, invested great consideration of the testimony we heard, and that the report was factual and credible.”

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis: “Today’s report from the House Special Investigative Committee only strengthens my resolve to bring an end to the damage Governor Greitens has done to our state.

“Governor Greitens has to go. He is not the victim in this case, and his contention otherwise is not only a cheap attempt to switch the narrative, but also pathetic and offensive to real victims. Missourians thought they voted for a person of character and integrity, and instead they got a man who has compromised the integrity of the governor’s office.

“I continue to call for House Speaker Todd Richardson to begin the impeachment proceedings of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. For the sake of his family, for the sake of the state of Missouri, it’s time for the Governor to do the right thing, and resign.”

Rep. Mike Revis, D-Fenton: “The report of the special House committee which looked into charges against Governor Greitens is disturbing. His actions, as detailed in the report, are reprehensible.

“The committee, which continues to investigate further allegations, was composed of five Republicans and two Democrats and cannot be called a partisan witch hunt as the governor has alleged. Further, the Republican Speaker of the House, Todd Richardson, praised the work of the committee members and dismissed the governor’s charge.

“In light of the fact that Missouri’s Attorney General, Republican Josh Hawley, has declared that the findings of the committee are legal grounds for impeachment, I would add my voice to those calling on Governor Greitens to resign. He can no longer execute the important duties of governor under such a cloud and the shadow of an impending impeachment process.

“Missouri does not need the embarrassment and national media attention, which the governor has brought upon the state by his own actions. We need to focus on building the image of the state as a great place to live and work, not one mired in scandal.”

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