Missouri House speaker accused of obstructing investigation into his own alleged misconduct

Missouri House Speaker Dean Plocher has been accused of obstructing the investigation into him by bipartisan leaders of the state House Ethics Committee.

Some state legislators claimed witnesses did not testify because they feared the Republican leader would retaliate and that others could not be reached because Plocher controls who testifies, according to the Missouri Independent.

Missouri Speaker of the House Dean Plocher listens as Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address, Jan. 24, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. A Missouri ethics panel is at an impasse over reported misconduct by the powerful state House speaker, who allegedly used his office to stymie an investigation into his actions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

The committee’s report described the “absolute obstruction” of the investigation into Plocher’s alleged misconduct, which included falsifying years of expense
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