June 26th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
14 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. Amy

    Gregg your a bigot

    June 26, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Frantz

    Reply to Gregg who posted a comment onJune 26th, 2009 5:57 pm ET
    Gregg, why do you have to be such a buffoon?

    June 26, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. montana1

    Sanford is a disgrace: as a husband, a father, and as a governor. He told the reporter at the airport that he was 'close to' hating his job. I think the people of South Carolina deserve better than that. Deveryone a favor and resign. Get someone in there that gives a darn.
    Keep up the pressure, Jake.

    June 26, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. Alex

    Sure, why not? Spend more taxpayer dollars on an investigation into whether or not taxpayer dollars were wasted. Makes perfect sense.

    June 26, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  5. Failed Politics and A Wink!!!

    @gregg June 26th, 2009 5:57 pm ET.... FYI Sanford called for Clinton to be Impeached ....How can you make such Hateful Racist comments Regarding President Obama and mention God all in one Breath.......Shut your Sour Pie Hole!!!

    June 26, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. ender

    In a way I feel bad for Sanford. Humans make mistakes. But then again, I'm a liberal so I can forgive such a lack of judgement. But at the same time I feel he and the repu lican party are reaping what they've sown. They ARE the party of intolerance and have placed themselves in a position where they MUST live up to the extreamly high standards they have set for us all. Standards the vast majority cannot live up to, including themselves.

    As they are proving over and over again.

    June 27, 2009 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. ender

    Hey Greg

    What is it Obama hasent been "forgiven" for? Not being supported by you?

    Interesting that you feel yourself so worthy as to speak for your god.

    From the mouths of fools come the consternation of the educated.

    June 27, 2009 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
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