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. frisco,tx

    Gregg, a muslin communist from Kenya have a lot better family values than your fine man Sanford,I do not know if god had forgiven him,

    June 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. johnrj08

    Watch Sanford now get crucified by his fellow Republicans as they scramble to repair the party's damaged credibility and reputation on the issue of 'family values'. You wonder how many of these guys are just as hypocritical as Sanford.

    June 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. a Republican

    That's right, you all go and project your own sin and guilt onto Sanford.

    June 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Larry

    One Republican calling another Republican a Liar ...

    This is priceless ...

    They all lie ...

    The Party Of NO ... truth

    June 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The party of No should realign their prioities to include ADULTERY!

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

    gregg: some people are fine electing moronic, chickenhawk [R] cowards into the presidency and vice-presidency, but a [D] comes along to clean up the mess caused by 8 years of abject [R] failure and he's crucified.

    What's your point? ...other than to glorify the rightwing underbelly of this nation. It is abolutely stunning the level of hypocrisy and delusion it takes to be a [R]ightwinger today.

    June 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Stay Active

    I only feel for his wife and children. He made his or her bed now he must lie in it. The best thing she could do for her family and herself is get a divorce. As for the rest....who cares

    June 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. BAYROAD22

    the Party of No needs to include ADULTERY in their voting!

    June 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. politics suck

    I am not crucifying the man because of his infidelity; I am crucifying him because of his hypocrisy; I am crucifying him because he left his office without transferring power to his Lt. Gov., what would have happened should a state emergency requiring the National Guard occurred or even some guy with a death sentence who had last minute evidence clearing him and was in need of a stay of execution right before his final hour. I am crucifying him because he wouldn't accept stimulus money to protect the jobs of state employees to cover budget deficits. This guy is a clown, even worse, he is a hypocritical clown.

    June 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. churchofdenny

    The gays and lesbians have ruined the institution of marriage. This is the only reason all this happened in the first place! Put the blame where it really belongs!

    June 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. leeper

    Obama hasn't been forgiven for what? He didn't cheat on his wife. Oh, right, he's "from" Kenya. I wonder if the Lord has forgiven all the other Kenyans for that cardinal sin of being born is Kenya.

    June 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Libertarian

    Why do the Republicans take it so hard when infidelity or other immoral acts become an issue? Because they purport to be the part of morality! Don't preach morality, slam everyone else for having affairs, and then say "oooh, God forgave this Repub now we should leave him alone". I'm tired of the self-righteous, bible thumping, hypocrites.

    June 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. ron

    Re: gregg June 26th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

    Another fine example of the Republican base in America!

    RIP / GOP

    June 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. joseph

    Republicans couldn't investigate a President who started a war under false pretenses, but they love to investigate what happens behind a person's bedroom door. Talk about the party of individual liberties and invidual rights.

    Criminal handgun holders have more rights than a law abiding philanderer. That's their priority.

    June 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Barb

    I'm r-e-a-l-l-y tired of those making poor decisions, as Sanford, making appologies and thinking everything is going to be forgiven because they admit to their indiscretions. It was reported that his wife has known for five months and they have been seperated for two weeks. So he committed adultery and after his wife found out he even chose to fly down to visit this woman again. In his personal life he has shown that he has made multiple poor decisions. And just who was in charge of the state of South Carolina? 1 – 2 – 3 strikes, you're out!!

    June 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Gregg Goins

    What has another's party affiliation and religion have to do with Governor Sanford's own problems.

    June 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. Bludgeon

    The Grand Old Philanderers are at it again. They are such GOOD people.

    June 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Kimberly

    Gregg....You are nuts.

    June 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Jordan

    I agree with you Renee.

    If he was an effective administrator, I'd prefer to have him in office rather than some incompetent moralist. I personally don't know his record as a politician though but you get my point.

    And Gregg...seriously? Talk about ignorant. You act uber-Christian but then you have the gall to declare someone is and isn't forgiven in the eyes of God. Go read your Bible sir. You've seriously missed the message.

    June 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. NotGregg

    Gregg, I can't believe the people at cnn.com even allowed that slanderous, unfounded and simply foolish comment onto this blog. Shame on you for posting that.

    June 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. MikeTo

    It is amazing how the right wing nuts are connecting this issue to President Obama. The right wing is showing their bigotry and hatred to minorities. This issue is about your own party showing lies and deceptions not in any way connected to President Obama.

    June 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Shingo

    Sanford lacks discretion, leadership, trust, and let the people of South Carolina in a vulnerable position. He should step down. He not only broke his wedding vows but he broke his vow and trust with the people.

    June 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Gregg---thank you for that immensely ignorant statement. Way to
    'stick it' to someone you disagree with. Regurgitating the vile racist rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage gets us absolutely nowhere in our political discourse. Open your mind...think for yourself.

    June 26, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Claudia in Houson

    This is the beginning of the end for Sanford but he will probably resign before he puts his family through more embarrassing moments. This is what you call piling on the pressue for him to resign.

    June 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. mjbhawg

    He must go yes Bill did it, but didn't leave his office and go awol....
    Sanford was a do nothing gov. maybe we can get someone who
    might do something not the drunk Lt. Gov. Bauer.

    June 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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