JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Democrats are demanding that the Republican leadership launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Gov. Eric Greitens[1], accusing the GOP of stalling.

A letter Tuesday to House Speaker Todd Richardson signed by 16 Democrats requests immediate action to remove Greitens[2] from office.

The Republican governor goes on trial May 14 on an invasion of privacy charge in St. Louis. He is accused of taking a compromising and unauthorized photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.

Calls for impeachment escalated last month after a House committee released testimony in which the woman accused Greitens[3] of coercing her into sex acts and slapping and spanking her.

Greitens[4] faces a second charge accusing him of using a charity donor list for his gubernatorial campaign.

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