Missouri House Special Committee meets again

Unless it votes to extend its work, the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight faces a Monday deadline to complete and submit its report on its investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens' legal situation.

The panel met Tuesday afternoon for a little more than an hour, in another closed meeting in the House Human Resources office in the Capitol's basement.

And they've scheduled more closed meetings for noon today, after the House adjourns on Thursday and for 8 a.m. Friday - all in the same room.

As committee members left Tuesday's meeting, Chairman Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, again said the panel is "on track" to finish its work within the original 40 days allotted by the March 1 House resolution that approved its creation.

Otherwise, he said, "There's no news to report" from Tuesday's meeting.

Barnes smiled, but said nothing, when asked how the committee was doing in writing its report.

Tuesday's meeting originally was scheduled to be at Jefferson City's police station, but was moved to the Capitol about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

No reason was given for the change.

House Speaker Todd Richardson created the committee just days after a St. Louis grand jury indictment Feb. 22 that charged Greitens with felony invasion of privacy for reportedly taking a picture of a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair while she was at least partly nude, in a manner where that picture could be shared with a computer.

The incident occurred in March 2015, before Greitens launched his campaign for governor.

He has admitted to having an affair - which doesn't violate any state laws - but has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Some have said the special committee's report could lead to the House voting to impeach Greitens - but Barnes has maintained that's not the committee's responsibility.

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