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Impeachment committee wants more info

Posted at 7:09 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 19:10:38-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — After about 2.5 hours in closed executive session on Wednesday, the House Impeachment Committee announced it wants more information from Gov. Andy Beshear.

"We have decided as a committee to send a letter to the governor seeking a little bit of additional information," said the committee's chairman, Rep. Jason Nemes.

Nemes said the letter outlining the information would be made available to the public, and it was.

According to the letter, the committee wants records regarding the governor's "enforcement of executive orders specifically relating to churches and religious organizations" and records "involved with the proposed travel ban."

"Our investigation has raised some questions by committee members," reads the letter. "Rather than reaching conclusions by way of speculation, we are requesting some additional information."

The letter gives us some insight into where some committee members may be focusing their efforts on this investigation. Otherwise, they aren't revealing any personal thoughts on the merit of this entire petition.

Earlier this month, Nemes said, "the committee members will not be discussing the substance of the petition and anything that is mentioned in executive session."

But the governor, on the other hand, is talking about it. He says this petition has no merit.

"The impeachment petition has zero grounds," said Beshear during his coronavirus briefing on January 11. "It cites actions the Kentucky Supreme Court said were lawful."

Gov. Beshear's team has until Monday to hand over the requested records.