June 26th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
5 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. Paul

    Everybody thinks just because he was unfaithful he should be punished.
    If it was you would you think the same. I am not sticking up for him but be careful what you wish for.

    June 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Joe

    What do you hope to find? He came out and said "hey, I ran off to Argentina to have an affair." I don't know what else there is. For all of you Republican haters, you seem quick to forget John Edwards and Bill Clinton (just to name two of the most famous examples). Neither party has a monoply on terrible human beings. Where did marital fidelity go?

    June 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. sifto77

    Can't resist responding to a popular blog–good for you, Sarah–you are great–we all understand why you were upset about Letterman–but man, can you take a joke about yourself! Genius! I hav e never seen so many people stick up for the stooge Kerry–proves Sara is a winner! When libs are against you–it means you are doing something right!

    June 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    "unlike most other politicians in sex scandals, Sanford seemed sincere in his press conference and genuinely in pain."

    His pain was for missing his chance to be President.

    You think it was for his wife and children?

    LOL....You know where they sat in his list of people that he hurt...4th!

    The mistress was the first person he said he hurt.

    Oh yes..he is just so sincere..

    June 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Renee

    I'd prefer to judge him on his job and not his infidelities. While I don't condone infidelity, I don't think it is anyone business outside his family.

    June 26, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. gregg

    People are fine electing a muslim communist from Kenya to the Presidency but a Republican makes one mistake (and begs for forgiveness) and he's crucified. Governor Sanford is already forgiven in the eyes of the Lord. Obama is not.

    June 26, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. caper

    we must remember as we judge point and holler crucify when you do point that finger at him look in the mirror. god has a way of exposing all of us. and what is done in the dark shall come to light. i don't care for his politics in letting the schools suffer and the way he approached it like a pharoh but see he's not the only pharoh look at washington d.c. the. b.frank's the priv [jet] setter chuckie boy schummer. and on and on.

    June 26, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Zero.

    When you fall you get back up. But if you fall after a Jump, you fall a little harder.

    June 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Denise

    Am I hearing right? The GOP want to investigate one of their own??????

    June 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Sharon

    Hypocrites, all of them

    June 26, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Daisy

    Dude. Calm down. The guy fessed up and apologized. Leave it alone...

    June 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. gregory

    what a guy, he would have been a great president, and contrary to a lot of republicans he likes south americans, and the part in his speach about jurassic park sheets was so cute, dont you wish all the republicans were like him..... holla baby

    June 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. steve Pagnozzi

    It's such a sad commentary on the political lifestyle that it seems that every other week begins a new scandal. One thing I can say straight up to all Republicans who castigated Pres. Clinton, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone. What Clinton did, was a shame on the country I do agree, But all that mudslinging at him at the time, Hmm, didn't a Senator or two from the GOP who had something to say about Him since have a bit of a problem with morals? What a circus. What a bunch of hypocrites!!! They should change GOP to GAP( God Awful Party).

    June 26, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. bruce

    Please gregg – I'm a conservative Republican and I can take all kinds of insults that I'll get here for saying so – but please don't embarrass us with that garbage about "Obama,,, muslim...not forgiven". I still take my conservative views seriously, but... not yours.

    June 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. ???

    To: whocares????

    I noticed that too that his wife was 4th on his list and the mistress was first. I could not believe he was that disrespectful to his wife and family publicly.

    June 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. B.H.

    Just impeach the Bottom Feeder now!
    He betrayed everyone with lies and mistrust in his state.
    I feel sorry for his family whom he really betrayed big time.

    Its not about sex, its about Judgement which he does not have in any form. Get him out of there!!

    June 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. marcus

    i hope sanford digs in and refuses to give up his seat.. i want SC voters, and the nation reminded for a long time of just what kind of hypocrites make up the elite of the republican party.. whatever happened to DOMA ??? so, gay marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage ??? hmmm, and deceiving the electorate AND your spouse, as you fly to foreign countries to meet your mistress, THAT fits right in with a quality marriage ??? i just love the hypocrisy..

    June 26, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Cassandra Washington

    Well, the wife is not exactly innocent here either. She covered up the affair since January for her own selfish reasons and to heck with the good people of South Carolina!

    June 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. anon

    My only question is: How did a little local newspaper manage to get the personal emails of the governor of SC? Jenny, was that you??

    June 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Marc

    gregg – One mistake? Ok, one personal and private mistake.
    Forgiven in the eyes of the Lord? Well, according to the Bible you're right, supposing that he really has repented.
    But isn't it a little too presumptuous from your part to determine what is and what isn't forgiven BY THE LORD?
    Ops... Hollier-than-thou attitude, incapacity to accepts the facts when they are against your personnal beliefs, the 'He's not AMERICAN!' combed with the 'He's NOT Christian!' (as if being grants you better moral/social values than those who aren't...) issue...
    Oh, I got it! You're one of Sarah Palin's 'REAL Americans'!

    June 26, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Kate in San Diego

    I could care less – except – i have a hard tim ewith someone who chose to take a very moralistic tone about Clinton and then turned around and did the same thing. Why is it that when Dems do something like this they are crucified, and when Reps do it (see that fellow in lousiana who went to prostitutes) all they have to do is apologisse and announce that Jesus has forgiven them. A cheater is a cheater, regardless of party, and anyone who cannot keep their private picadillos out of the public eye doesn't deserve to be there.

    June 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. TomH

    Do not care about his private life although he is a hypocrite. But his disappearing for 5 days thing cannot be forgive. He should be fired for that. He is trying the forgive me for I have sinned routine (mistress) to avoid the main issue which is dereliction of duty as a sitting gov of a state.

    June 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Cassandra Washington

    Time for Truth wrote: Btw, Vitter, Ensign, and Craig are still in office, and the Republican Party already appears to stand for nothing.

    .... Craig is no longer in office but he did serve the remainder of his term and now receives benefits for being a Senator for life. Vitter and Ensign are still in office ... and both up for re-election, I think.

    June 26, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. Zach

    I was just interested in how Knotts could not make a coherent sentence..."It's time that the truth to come out,"...I teach middle schoolers who can speak more correct than he can. I think we need an investigation into Knotts education record...

    June 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Marc

    Personaly I think that this whole business SHOULD have been strictly private, a matter for him and his wife to discuss about, had he not abandoned his post as the elected governor and went to a foreign country thousands of miles away from his state to meet his mistress.
    If that's the regard he has for his position...

    June 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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