UPDATE: Greitens' office responds to state senators calling for investigation

2 months 1 week 4 hours ago Tuesday, June 13 2017 Jun 13, 2017 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:05:00 PM CDT June 13, 2017 in News
By: Gage Jackson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer, James Packard, KOMU Reporter and The Associated Press
loading

JEFFERSON CITY — A bipartisan group of Missouri state senators is calling for an investigation of Gov. Eric Greitens after the group claims he admitted to illegal and unethical activity during his campaign.

The Senate resolution filed Monday afternoon, if passed, would establish a Senate committee to investigate the governor's political campaign. They would also investigate his official office, and the activity of Greitens' "dark-money" group, A New Missouri, which is a non-profit organization that accepts unlimited campaign contributions.

Cosponsoring the legislation are Senator Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City), Senator Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City), Senator Scott Sifton (D-Affton), Senator Bob Dixon (R-Springfield), Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) and Senator Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff).

A resolution filed by Kansas City Democratic Sen. Jason Holsman asks for an investigation of campaign use of a potential donor list from The Mission Continues, a charity that Greitens helped found and that wasn't originally listed in campaign finance reports. Greitens' campaign was fined for failing to report use of the donor list. The charity helps veterans transition to the private-sector through volunteer work.

In a text message to a KOMU 8 reporter, the governor's press secretary, Parker Briden, said, "We put out a call for a special session to protect lives and the health and safety of Missourians, and this is the response from these politicians? They're angry that the Governor is shaking up Jefferson City and won't accept their excuses for failure any longer. Temper tantrums from career politicians don't bother us. It's just more evidence that Governor Greitens is an outsider who is doing what he said he would do: taking on politicians in both parties to get results. When career politicians are whining, Missourians are winning."

Todd Graves, the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, said in a statement, "This is nothing more than a political stunt that the senators lack the legal authority -- or basis for that matter -- to conduct."

"This baseless and ill-informed political stunt is a desperate attempt to distract Missourians from the work the Governor is doing to shake up Jefferson City and put an end to politics as usual," the statement continued.

In April, Greitens signed a Missouri Ethics Commission order detailing misconduct within his campaign. The goal of the Senate committee is to reveal whether Greitens was, or was not, the person who provided his campaign with a list of big dollar donors from his non-profit organization. In those documents, the potential donor list was valued at $600.

"We must protect the integrity of Missouri's highest office and I am pleased to join my Republican colleagues in calling for this investigation," said State Senator Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City).

The full bipartisan Senate Resolution establishing an investigation committee can be found here.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the latest information.)

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a man pushing his disabled car on Interstate 70 was killed... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:14:03 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man was injured when a St. Louis sidewalk collapsed under the forklift he... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:09:41 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FLORISSANT (AP) — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are calling for the closure of a suburban St. Louis day... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:37:23 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Parks officials in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 83-year-old confederate memorial will be removed after it... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:17:00 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pastor Henry Price of St. Louis is ready to take your prayer request, and you don't... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:42:11 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERRELVIEW (AP) — A member of a small western Missouri town's governing board is leading an effort to oust the... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:20:36 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
CUBA (AP) — Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural, Republican strongholds as... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:56:21 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – In preparation for a large number of visitors to Missouri for Monday's solar eclipse, the State Emergency... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:49:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The incoming freshmen at Blair Oaks High School will become the first class to not have a... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:59:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Angela Speck, the director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, gave a presentation titled, "Doing Science in... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:36:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
PIKE COUNTY, Mo. - A man was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action after Alexander Koch died... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With mid-Missouri preparing for the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Laws Observatory played host to an event made to... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former school bus driver in eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:58:58 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - With the eclipse nearly here, crews in Jefferson City were busy preparing for festivities Saturday. On... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:19:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in Eclipse Planning
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Confederate memorial in Kansas City was vandalized with graffiti overnight. Local media show someone... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 12:41:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls. First lady Sheena Greitens said she learned... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:06:17 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri will host and sponsor numerous events this weekend leading up to Monday’s total solar... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:58:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
CHAFFEE (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is facing murder conspiracy charges for allegedly trying to hire a hit man... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:55:54 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 86°
3pm 90°
4pm 90°
5pm 88°
6pm 89°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:30p
Beach Volleyball
3:00p
LPGA Tour Golf
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
2:00p
Dawn Rider
4:00p
A History of Violence
6:00p
Cliffhanger

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Gymnastics
8:00p
American Ninja Warrior
6:00p
Cliffhanger
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld