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Missouri House ends Greitens investigation: 'This committee is not the appropriate entity for further investigation'

Governor Eric Greitens makes a public appearance in the Carnahan Memorial Garden next to the governor's mansion to talk about funding for farmers involved in the biodiesel industry. Governor Eric Greitens makes a public appearance in the Carnahan Memorial Garden next to the governor's mansion to talk about funding for farmers involved in the biodiesel industry.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The committee formed by the Missouri House to investigate former Gov. Eric Greitens has ended its investigation.

In a letter sent to members of the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, Rep. Jay Barnes wrote: “This committee is not the appropriate entity for further investigation.”

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In the letter, Rep. Barnes stated the decision may disappoint some who “demand further accountability for Eric Greitens. But we cannot investigate alleged illegal activity by someone else with actions of our own that are either illegal or create a problematic precedent for future legislators.”

The letter also states that at the time of Greitens’ resignation the committee was close to finishing its investigation into allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Read: Timeline of events that lead to Greitens resignation 

“Although we never voted on it, I believe the evidence was such that a super-majority of our Committee was prepared to vote that there was good cause to believe Greitens engaged in multiple acts constituting crimes, misconduct, and acts of moral turpitude warranting the filing of articles of impeachment,” read one of the opening paragraphs of the letter.

Democratic State Representative Tommie Pierson Junior agreed all signs in Jefferson City were pointing toward impeachment. 

"I think the evidence was certainly mounting," he said. "We were looking at things that included moral turpitude and that opened it up to a wider scope."

The committee was also investigating campaign finance improprieties, which Rep. Barnes wrote was curtailed by Greitens’ resignation.

Rep. Barnes also wrote that he is preparing a complaint to be filed with the Missouri Ethics Against Greitens and "A New Missouri," which he called a criminal enterprise.

It went further, with the chairman also revealing there were other allegations, including the use of the Confide app by staffers, corruption on the transition team, and other potential acts of sexual misconduct. 

"My understanding is some witnesses were contacted and didn't feel comfortable coming forward in a public fashion," said Democratic committee member Gina Mitten. "We do want to see answers and some of these loose ends ties up and we hope either the attorney general or the Missouri Ethics Commission will move forward with getting questions answered."

Greitens' attorney Catherine Hanaway said accusations were nothing more than smoke, and an attempt to reignite the controversy.  

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Read the complete letter sent by Rep. Barnes below:

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