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Ky. House Impeachment Committee says no action on petitions

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 11:00 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky’s House Impeachment Committee has come to a decision on petitions to impeach both Gov. Andy Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

After spending hours in a closed executive session on Tuesday, the committee recommended no action be taken.

The lawmakers found that the allegations made against Gov. Beshear and Attorney General Cameron were not impeachable offenses.

The committee was formed on January 11 to consider petitions against Governor Beshear after four people filed complaints. Then, on January 22, a petition was filed against Attorney General Cameron.

That committee met multiple times since then, mostly in closed-door executive sessions.

The committee chairman, Rep. Jason Nemes, told us Wednesday morning that several of the complaints against Cameron were lubricious and without merit.

The petition against Cameron claimed the public was deceived in the Breonna Taylor investigation. There was also an attempt to connect Cameron with the riot at the US Capitol on January 6.

Nemes says only two of the eight complaints against Beshear were valid and that the Governor reversed actions based on actions of the courts. One of those was asking state police to monitor churches on Easter Sunday.

“When the courts told him to stop, he did. Had he not done that, we would be having a very different conversation,” said Nemes.

Impeachment proceedings are rare in Kentucky and State Senate convictions even rarer. In the state’s 229 years of history, there have only been eight times the state House has taken up impeachment proceedings and only three times the Senate has convicted those following a House vote.

The committee’s work isn’t done yet, since no petitions were acted upon and the impeachments didn’t move forward, the petitioners will have to pay for the proceedings.

We won’t know the cost until Beshear’s and Cameron’s lawyers submit costs, but we’re told it will likely be in the thousands of dollars.

The committee also formally dismissed the petition to impeach State Representative Robert Goforth.

You can find the committee’s complete report on Governor Beshear here and the report on Daniel Cameron here.

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