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. Walther Shmit

    Gregg, you are an imbecile and a tool. I can only hope the retarded God you pray to will offer you forgiveness for your stupidity.

    June 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Rich

    Thanks, Gregg, for letting us know who the Lord forgives. Your idiocy is much appreciated.

    June 26, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. jmsent

    Gregg wrote:
    "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."

    My advice to you:
    1. Remove the tin foil hat.
    2. Put down the crack pipe.
    3. Seek professional help asap.

    June 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Ekbaaaaaaal from AZ

    hypocrites... aren't u the same set of folks who ousted Spitzer...

    what is the difference – legal Vs illegal prostitution????

    June 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Justin

    Private affairs in public eyes…What do these politicians think off in the modern media circus when they commit these afffairs? Sanford, Ensign, Spitzer…

    June 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. TJ

    @ Gregg, you and Palin are cut from the same piece of cloth. Thank God the American people are seeing you and your kind for the hypocrites that you are. By the way, what is your last name? I bet we can trace your family back to being immigrants. So, I question your citizenship.

    June 26, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    "Gregg" – There is no truth to what you said. You need to turn off Rush Limbaugh and join the rest of us in the real world.

    June 26, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. John

    Is the GOP still the party of traditional marriage and family values? Or can we just go ahead and call them racist, homophobic swindlers?

    June 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Ancient River

    Fair is fair. They impeached a president over a cigar and a dress stain, and he never went missing for 5 days or left the country on the taxpayers' dime for trists. Sanford was front and center for throwing Clinton from office. Live by your own rules.

    June 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    This problem Gov. Sanford is having is all the fault of President Obama. If you recall, the President stated that we should learn to speak Spanish so the South Carolina Governor took him up on his suggestion.

    June 26, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Diane

    I hope he resigns and moves to Buenos Aires to be with the woman he loves. Life is too short. Buenos Aires is a great city, beautiful architecture, great food. He should go be happy.

    June 26, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Wendy in NC

    I used to work for local and state government agencies (fortunately, not in SC) and I can tell you that if I had disappeared for a week without telling anyone or leaving a contact number, I would have been fired on the spot. That is how I judge this incident, regardless of how I feel about his politics.

    June 26, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Lucille

    Now, if he had been a Democrat, I suppose I would have forgiven him immediately. It sometimes scares me the way our two prominent parties bite and devour each other. We should all get along and quit attacking, realizing that all of us mess up at one time or another.

    June 26, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Yet another GOP sleaze bag.... just like Bush, Cheney, Palin, Rice, Rumsfeld, Rove, Nixon, Gonzales, ad nauseum

    June 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Hellokitti

    Palin apparently has so little hangle on any of the big issues that are currently being addressed, that rather than making any substantive contribution about healthcare or energy reform, the economy or evrn IRan, she just picks at silly stuff that none of us would even be aware of if she wasn't calling our attention to it.

    June 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Ancientrivr

    Sanford was one of those who stood up to have Bill Clinton impeached and removed from office for a" flirtation " with an intern. Clinton never went missing for 5 days or took taxpayer trips out of the country to be with her. He continued, at least, to do his job. Sanford needs to live by his own moral code and step down.

    June 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Tony - SLC

    June 26th, 2009 5:57 pm ET
    gregg says :
    "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."

    Please tell me you are kidding =(

    June 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. GuyInVA

    Denna is right about two things. Clinton was a pretty good president. Also, liberals did indeed stand behind Clinton during his affair(s) scandal(s). That includes the National Organization for Women. You know, the ones who worry so about powerful men luring or coercing gullible subordinates into sexual relationships. They also rise to the defense of women who are judged or ridiculed based on their appearance. Right Governor Palin? Sure. Party before principle, right?

    June 26, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. infidel

    I don't think the issue that he betrayed his wife and children. That's just an extra tibit for the media to exploit.

    The issue is that the Governor of a state went AWOL. And the way he did it by not following proper proceedure and using taxpayer money for the trip.

    June 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Warren

    Jake Knotts is a self serving blow hard who lives for the chance to put himself on television. I live in a neighboring district and Knotts is such a joke he laughing stock around here.

    June 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Mark Ramsey MD, Milwaukee WI

    I'll betcha Jake Knotts has plenty of dirty laundry of his own. This pattern is just way too familiar at this point...

    June 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Gunner43

    I suspect that the average South Carolinian could give a flip about this, so reporters or news agencies looking for pitchforks in the streets are going to be disappointed. The gordian knot of internal politics will determine the outcome, and given the relative importance of SC to the national scene, the nuance and subtlety associated with that process will be rightfully ignored.
    But a quick note to birther Gregg: You're a fungus on the body politic, and it's a blessing indeed that your stunning ignorance represents but a pitiful minority.

    June 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Weindeb

    Timw for Truth says that ‘the Republican Party already appears to stand for nothing.“ I disagree – it stands for an arrogant hypocrisy. Remember, it was a younger Sanford who pompously and self-righteously called for Clinton to resign for lying about HIS affair, and Clinton didn’t temporarily abandon his post.

    June 26, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. History Buff

    South Carolina state senator Jake Knotts attributes the quote "you can lie, but you can't hide" to one "Joe Brown." Close but no cigar. The quote he mangled: "You can run but you can't hide," uttered by the African-American boxing champ Joe Louis, aka "the Brown Bomber." So Jake - who said, "Duke, I am your father"?

    June 26, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Lyle

    Really Gregg???

    June 26, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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