Committee meeting Wednesday about petitions to impeach Beshear, Cameron



FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDKY) – We could learn more Wednesday about the petitions to impeach Kentucky’s governor, the attorney general and one lawmaker.

A committee assigned to look into those will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the State Capitol.

A Lexington restaurant owner was among four people who filed the petition against Governor Beshear asking for his impeachment. During Wednesday’s meeting, we could learn if that process moves on or if it ends.

“Well, it’s clear with the data, it’s not working,” Brewed owner Andrew Cooperrider said.

Cooperrider told us earlier this month he did not agree with mandates issued by the governor. He’s one of four business owners seeking the impeachment of Beshear.

“A wide majority of Kentuckians support the actions that we’re taking,” Governor Beshear said during an early January briefing. “It doesn’t mean they support or will vote for me.”

Beshara has long maintained he simply did what was best to protect people when he was hit with a pandemic response three months into his administration.

Now, it’s up to a committee to consider possible action. However, we were told by the impeachment committee chairman, before the committee even began meeting, that they might not take any action.

“So, I don’t think anyone should be overly concerned or excited about the appointment of a committee which is statutorily required,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville.

Nemes said in the first meeting that if no action is taken against the governor, the petitioners would have to pay for the legal expenses incurred for the proceedings.

That committee will also consider impeachments against State Representative Robert GoForth and Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

GoForth is currently facing charges of strangulation, accused of violence against his wife and was re-elected to his seat in November.

Cameron’s accusers claim problems the grand jury looking into the deadly police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

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