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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Deadline extended for Missouri lawmakers investigating Greitens

Gov. Eric Greitens, at top, faces a state House committee investigation. The panel members are shown in clockwise order: Rep. Jay Barnes, Rep. Don Phillips, Rep. Kevin Austin, Rep. Jeanie Lauer, Rep. Gina Mitten, Rep. Tommie Pierson Jr, Rep. Shawn Rhoads.
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Gov. Eric Greitens, at top, faces a state House committee investigation. The panel members are shown in clockwise order: Rep. Jay Barnes, Rep. Don Phillips, Rep. Kevin Austin, Rep. Jeanie Lauer, Rep. Gina Mitten, Rep. Tommie Pierson Jr, Rep. Shawn Rhoads.

The Missouri House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens now has more time to do so.

The deadline for the committee to wrap up its investigation and recommend action has been extended to May 18. That’s four days after the Republican governor’s trial for invasion of privacy is set to begin, and the last day of the 2018 legislative session.

Despite the extension, the committee will still issue a report this week, Rep. Gina Mitten, D-Richmond Heights, a member of the Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, said Monday.

“That’s not necessarily the final report, but we will be issuing a report and at least partial transcripts of testimony and some exhibits on Wednesday,” she said. “It’ll be voluminous.”

Mitten also said Wednesday’s report will not contain any recommendations on whether the governor should be impeached, and she did not say why the extension had been granted.

“I can’t speak for other members of the committee, but I did support the extension to the extent that I believe there is more evidence that the committee needs to review,” she said.

The committee held another closed-door meeting Monday, after which chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, refused to answer reporters’ questions as he left. But he later issued a statement confirming the extended deadline.

“Nothing has changed. The committee will release a report this week. The committee will also continue working through the end of session.”

Greitens’ criminal defense team has twice asked the committee to delay completing it’s investigation until after the governor’s trial.

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