Today a state House panel is looking into Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2009 trip to Argentina, in which he was unaccounted for –for nearly a week. They are wrapping up their investigation into the governor’s travel over the past two years as they consider impeachment.
There are other items remaining on the agenda, says subcommittee chairman Jim Harrison: “There are still five flights involving the state airplane that we left in the record and if someone believes that the resolution should be amended to say that was misconduct, then that will be included in the final decision.”
State Law Enforcement Division Director, Reggie Lloyd observed Monday’s impeachment proceedings. SLED conducted its own investigation, which lawmakers also have taken into consideration.
“Our original investigation revolved around the governor’s trip to Argentina on the(SC)Department of Commerce trip. We then took a look at all of his contacts with his alleged mistress and whether state funds were used in that. We looked at all the facts, talked to all the players, including the Governor’s Office, the governor himself, the Department of Commerce, including the secretary and looked at all the documents and I think all of us came to the conclusion that there was nothing there that warranted us going forward with it,” says Lloyd.
As far as the House investigation into Gov. Sanford goes, the SLED director adds, with a laugh,”It’s entertaining.”
After the panel finishes its fact-finding, it will decide whether to recommend impeachment to the full House Judiciary Committee.