SD House meeting today to deal with the impeachment

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- Members of the South Dakota House return to Pierre today to debate and decide on the possible impeachment of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

The Select Committee on Investigation voted last month for a recommendation not to impeach.

Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton, a member of the Select Committee, voted to support the recommendation and but says there are still questions.

Representative Ryan Cwach of Yankton, also a member of the Select Committee opposed the recommendation and says it has taken a long time to get here.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg sent a letter to all members of the House asking them to not impeach him.

His letter warns state representatives of the “dangerous precedent” impeaching him could set, saying it could mean all elected officials would need to be held accountable for any “traffic accident.”

Ravnsborg also accuses Governor Kristi Noem of politically weaponizing the matter, saying “she took the unfortunate circumstances of a man being killed in a traffic accident to make her political moves.”

He also mentioned that his office has multiple ongoing investigations into the Governor’s alleged activities and people associated with her.

The letter from the attorney general also included a list of “evidence, allegations and misinformation” regarding the crash and impeachment.

The House is set to gather at 11 a.m. Tuesday to look at whether Ravnsborg’s actions included “impeachable offenses.”

Articles of Impeachment are reportedly being prepared and if they are introduced, it will take thirty-six votes to approve them. A trial, it called for, would be held in the Senate, starting next month.