Calls Mount to Impeach SC Gov. Sanford

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Republicans lawmakers in South Carolina are considering the impeachment of Gov. Mark Sanford following the admission of his extramarital affair.

Doing so would require a special session, which leaders have not planned yet.

Many Republican legislators say Sanford should be impeached solely because he disappeared from the state for five days to see his mistress in Argentina.  Others say they want to wait until after an ethics investigation.

House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham's caucus will meet this weekend to discuss removing Sanford, though any impeachment proceeding likely wouldn't happen until lawmakers return from recess.

"It's one thing to have a personal issue," Bingham said.  "It's another thing to combine that with what could very well be some major ethics violations."

Republicans control both the state House and Senate in South Carolina.

In order for an impeachment to take place, GOP leaders would have to gain the support of at least 10 of the 51 Democrats in the House to send the issue to the Senate.

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