South Carolina's highest court will hear arguments today about who can see a preliminary investigative report into Gov. Mark Sanford's use of planes and other resources.
Sanford has asked the court to prevent the State Ethics Commission from releasing its yet-to-be-completed report to anyone other than the state's attorney general or local solicitors.
In particular, Sanford does not want the preliminary report given to lawmakers. The two-term Republican governor has said releasing the report, which would not contain his full response, could undermine his ability to defend himself.
Sanford has been under scrutiny since June, when he left the state for a secret five-day trip to Argentina and lied to his staff about his whereabouts. Subsequently, the married father of four said he had been having an extramarital affair. Sanford's use of state planes for political and personal trips as well as his use of campaign funds then came under media scrutiny.
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Some members of the S.C. House say Sanford's June trip amounted to abandoning his job. They say they will move to impeach the governor. However, House leaders say they want the Ethics Commission's report into the allegations against Sanford before considering impeachment and have asked the commission for it.
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