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State senator loses committee assignments after Trump remarks

Top Democrats have stripped a state senator of her committee assignments. (File)

Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they had stripped a state senator of her committee assignments after she said on social media that she hoped for the president's assassination.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, has been under pressure from both parties to resign after she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook in which she said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Chappelle-Nadal has since apologized for the remark. On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh announced Chappelle-Nadal had been removed from her committee assignments. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he has also removed the senator from appointments made under his authority.

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, who officially is the Senate's presiding officer, said he will push to have her expelled from the Senate if she does not resign by the veto session that begins next month. Missouri's state constitution requires a two-thirds vote to do this. Chappelle-Nadal has said she will not resign.

β€œIt is important that the Missouri Senate conducts their work without distractions. With that in mind, Sen. Chappelle-Nadal has been removed from her committee assignments. This will help to ensure the success of the Senate, and the state, going forward,” Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said in a release.

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