Greitens hearings could take months to complete

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May 9, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers a speech April 25 in St. Louis. ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/LAURIE SKRIVAN/TNS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are scheduled to launch a 30-day special session on May 18 to consider the fate of scandal-plagued Gov. Eric Greitens, but it could be months before a final resolution is known.

The work of the Legislature to impeach the embattled Republican governor may end when the session’s deadline hits on June 17, but the panel of judges charged with deciding whether to formally remove him from office could take several weeks longer to conduct a trial, according to interviews with House and Senate officials and a review of state statutes.

That scenario is based on the possibility that a special House committee investigating Greitens recommends to the full House that the governor should be impeached, and that the House votes to do so. And, it is based on the governor’s assertions that he won’t resign.

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