SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– There are several things that warrant an impeachment according to the Missouri state constitution.
According to State Statute 106.010. “Crime, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude, or oppression in office,” are all listed as valid reasons for impeachment.
Which of those, if any, the state house of representatives will say Governor Eric Greitens is guilty of, we won’t know until Friday’s Special Legislative Session.
Thursday, the Governor addressed a crowd in Jefferson City with the promise of withstanding any lengthy and painful trials.
“No matter how much suffering they want to put me and my family through and my team through, I want to let you know that when I look to my left I see you,” he said.
And that kind of endurance might be needed as the process of an impeachment is a lengthy one.
It starts with a house vote according to the state constitution.
If the house agrees to impeach, it’ll produce a majority vote (in this case 82 votes in favor of impeachment).
State statute requires the Senate to then step in and create a special commission made up of “seven eminent jurists.”
From there the jurists hold court against the impeached Governor.
The impeachment process can wrap up in one of two possible ways, acquittal or conviction and removal from office.
State statute requires five of those seven jurists to agree on one of those two outcomes.
Finally, while this process is unfolding, state law says any impeached person, will be suspended from office until acquitted.
Even still, the governor says he’ll continue onward to serve Missourians.
“We are going to step forward day after day and we are going to fight for the people of Missouri,” he said in Jeff City Thursday. “To fight for the forgotten and to do what is right. And you all strengthen me and you inspire me.”