June 26th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
9 years ago

Republican calls for investigations into Sanford

(CNN) - State Senator Jake Knotts, a Republican and longtime critic of Mark Sanford, called for a "full-blown" investigation Friday into the South Carolina governor's actions.

In a press conference with reporters, Knotts said he is actually calling for two investigations - one by the state's law enforcement agency, and the other by the State Senate Judiciary Committee with "full subpoena power."

"Irrational behavior. Lies, lies, lies. It's time that the truth to come out," said Knotts. "Like Joe Brown said, you can lie, but you can't hide... Everybody has found out where he's been hiding. In Argentina."

Knotts said he wants the investigation to focus on "the misappropriation of taxpayer money, malfeasance in office, misconduct in office and all the area surrounding the recent behavior concerning the governor's office." The investigation also would include the question of whether Sanford's office may have been deliberately misleading about the governor's whereabouts during his absence.

Knotts added he is not yet calling on Sanford to resign, but said the embattled governor is "in the fast lane to make that decision, along with numerous other legislators that I have talked to on the phone."

Later, in an interview with CNN, Knotts said he would take Sanford's resignation "in a heartbeat."

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Moe

    ...Got to love TV's newest reality show: "Sanford and Sin"!

    June 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Anthony

    "People lighten up, he broke no law".

    Actually, he did – Adultery is still a crime in South Carolina.

    June 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Shoreline

    Sanford is the latest right wing zippercrite.

    On the plus side for the Repugnantcans, they now have a streak of two consecutive heterosexual scandals. Perhaps a new trend for them?

    And what clowns they are.

    The party of Lincoln has become the party of Moe, Larry, and Sarah.

    June 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. MBFLA

    It's gotten so bad that the Republican party is even outsourcing mistresses???????

    June 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Pepe

    Amigos! Why the fuss! Nowa you hava governor who speakie Spanish like Bush. Obama said everyone shoulda learn to speakie Spanish and the govenor agree. Si?

    June 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. surgethis

    Sanford is a bum ... I am sick of these liars and sneaks who occupy government jobs while playing fast and loose with other peoples lives. The only reason he has come clean and told the truth is because he got caught.

    Now we are supposed to believe that it was just this one discretion for which he claims he has atoned. Hardly.

    Go work in a factory and hope the new governor takes any and all stimulus money and doesn't use it to play political football while cheating on his wife and kids ...

    On fathers day he took off ... some father. Waaaanker.

    June 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Bit

    The Republicans are always talking about "Moral Values." They feel that homosexuality and abortion are the only two sins that God hates. But let me shock them into reality; God also hates ADULTERY. In the eyes of God, there are no big sins and no little sins. Sin is sin and we ALL sin. God loves everyone; even the homosexuals and lesbians. And yes, even the adulterer. It's the SIN God hates and not the SINNER. So, give the man a break and while you're at it Republicans, give the Democrats and Obama a break for loving the homosexuals and lesbians (you know, the sinners).

    June 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. EJ

    Whether a full blown investigation ever comes into being is a question to be decided. Presently it's clear that Sanford's political future is fully blown.

    June 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. AP in Illinois

    I wonder what they would find if they opened an investigation into Newt Gingrich. My guess is it wouldn't be pretty. Yet the moral hypocrites would still vote for him.

    June 26, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. xlntcat

    The man is a criminal. No wonder the state is bankrupt, the governor is misappropriating the funds. South Carolina receives $1.33 back for every dollar sent in to the federal government so he is stealing from all of us. Knotts stated on Fox that over a year ago, Sanford was caught transferring 100K grant into his PAC account, but instead of going to jail, he was allowed to return the money. No wonder South Carolina has the second highest crime rate in the nation. Apparently, if you rob a bank and get caught, all you have to do is give the money bank.

    June 26, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. surgethis

    Oh the sanctity of marriage! What's to become of our family values. Where is the Christian right? Why are they silent ... Oh the humanity of it all.

    And the children ... what do we tell the children?

    This example will indoctrinate children to an immoral lifestyle and bring down society as we know it. Stop the heterosexuals before it's too late. Save marriage and save the world.

    June 26, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Wade

    I give Mr. Sanford another week in office before he steps down. He has angered too many people on both sides of the aisle and has destroyed his credibility. He would be doing the people of S.C. a favor.

    June 26, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. SayWhat

    The republican party want the Obama adminstration to fail and are not interesting in spendingany money in the US economy. Are you telling me that Mark Sanford couldn't find any other waman in the US or another Argentinian living in the US to fool around with? In this challenging time, why would a State governor spent his or tax money travelling all that distance, for what?

    June 26, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Dan

    Looks like Mr. Knotts wants to run for Governor.

    June 26, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Denna

    Oh give it a rest. I seriously doubt that any of you want to be investigated or can afford it. I think he should run with Sarah Palin in 2012, thereby guaranteeing that President Obama will be reelected. I love how you conservatives have turned on Sanford like a pack of hungry dogs. At least we liberals stood by Bill Clinton, who was, by the way, a very good president despite not being able to keep is pants zipped.

    June 26, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Anybody Have A Book?

    I second the motion. Someone said he didn't break the law, but if he spend tax dollars to fly to Argentina and back for a non business issue, that is breaking the law. Throw the book at that clown, he deserves it.

    June 26, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Anybody Have A Book??

    second the motion. Someone said he didn't break the law, but if he spent tax dollars to fly to Argentina and back for a non business issue, that is breaking the law. Throw the book at that clown, he deserves it.

    June 26, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. bkinmass

    According to Time, adultery is punishable in South Carolina by up to a year in prison and a $500 fine. Although I don't know if it is still enforced, or it is applicable if the said offense happens outside its borders.
    Nevertheless, Governor Sanford could face criminal charges.

    June 26, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. I am Newt's ex wife

    Poor Sanford...........got caught did ya!!

    I wish we would find out it was Palin with you.

    How's that moral fiber now you cheating lying hypocrite

    June 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Eileen from Maine

    and they tried to tell us that gay marriage would ruin the sanctity of marriage? Do these guys not have mirrors?

    June 26, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Fla.

    While the GOP is at it, what about an investigation into the unethical payments from Sen. Ensign's indescretions? Or the admitted illegal activity from Vitter? Ah, those "family values" and hypocrisy from the Republican Party.

    June 26, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Jorge

    He will most likely resign because there's no way he can do a decent job as governor with all the heat and light he'll be getting.
    Whether he resigns or not, he's toast as far as a political future is concerned.

    June 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. jenifer from alabama

    how comments come back to bite you...i bet he is wishing he could take back all the self-righteous things he said during the clinton-lewinsky scandal. in the words of "maria", [he] "cant put the GENIUS back in the bottle". This is truly a beautiful disaster....

    June 26, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. teacher

    He was willing to refuse stimulus money and allow hundreds of teachers in SC to become unemployed in the name of fiscal conservatism while using our tax money to see his mistress...what a hypocrite...he has to go!

    June 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Bleeding Hearts

    Fair weather friends. Christians are suppose to be forgiving however, it's amazing that the GOP (party of high moral christian values) will throw you under this bus when you mess up.

    I'm so glad our God is not like the GOP. The true an living God is a God of a 2nd chance.

    June 26, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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