House special legislative committee set to release Greitens report this week

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A special legislative committee in Jefferson City tasked with investigating an indictment against Gov. Eric Greitens will release its report this week, according to the House committee’s chairman, State. Rep. Jay Barnes.

“I would hope that the facts of the matter are brought out and made public,” said State Rep. Fred Wessels, (D) St. Louis.  “I hope we see it soon.”

Some lawmakers say the investigation has interfered with their work.

“Some members that are part of the committee have not been able to be on the floor and are being taken away from their regular duties,” said State Rep. Michael Butler, (D) St. Louis.

Several Republican lawmakers declined to comment on the pending report saying they wanted to see what the committee found.

“We’re going to go ahead and stay focused on our jobs up here moving legislation along and try to do what the people who elected us for and that’s to represent our constituents,” said State Rep. Steve Cookson, (R) Poplar Bluff.

The committee was tasked with finding out the facts surrounding an invasion of privacy allegation involving Greitens and his mistress.  The Governor was indicted on accusations he violated the woman’s privacy by sharing a compromising photo.  Greitens has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

It’s not clear why the committee will extend its work through the rest of the legislative session.  A statement from Barnes read, “Nothing has changed.  The committee will release a report this week.  The committee will also continue working through the end of session.”

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