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Mark Sanford Facing Impeachment Resolution, S.C. Supreme Court Scrutiny

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

South Carolina lawmakers are expected to introduce impeachment resolution against embattled Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) next week. Republican State Rep. Greg Delleney is sponsoring the initiative and indicated that the motion will comprise three charges:

Dereliction of duty for leaving the state to visit his mistress in Argentina in June; attempting to cover-up the scandal; and bringing "disgrace and shame and ridicule" on the state.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Supreme Court is considering whether the S.C. Ethics Commission's investigation of the case should be released to state lawmakers. While Sanford argues that he "wants the commission to hear his side of the story and complete the process before releasing a report," South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Tole said she "believes the governor is trying to slow down the progress of an ethics investigation against him."

Sanford, once a strong proponent of government transparency, waived confidentiality in his case in August.

The Hill reports that most lawmakers aren't ready for impachment proceedings. "Instead, most party members have said they would rather wait for the state's ethics panel to complete its investigation of Sanford before taking formal action."

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