Impeachment hearings set to begin for Alabama governor

11 April, 2017, 00:08 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Impeachment hearings set to begin for Alabama governor

The committee on Monday started what was expected to be days of hearings. Among the accusations are that Bentley angrily confronted Heather Hannah, a staff member to Bentley's wife, twice at the governor's mansion. The governor then picked Steve Marshall to fill Strange's seat, and Marshall earlier this year recused himself from the Bentley investigation and named Brooks as acting attorney general in the Bentley investigation.

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Two sources have confirmed to WHNT News 19 that the governor's office is now in negotiations to set the terms of Governor Robert Bentley's resignation.

"Gov. Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks meant to protect his reputation", Sharman wrote in a report released Friday.

In the subsequent investigation, the governor's ex-wife provided recordings and text messages, purportedly from Bentley to Mason, that apparently revealed an intimate relationship between the two in 2014.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday reversed a short-lived victory for Bentley when a judge on Friday blocked impeachment proceedings. Dianne Bentley provided the messages to the committee.

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"There are some significant questions regarding Gov. Bentley's candor in investigative efforts", said Jack Sharman, Special Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. She was able to read text messages that her husband sent to Mason because they also appeared on his state-issued iPad, which she had possession of. The commission has referred the case to a prosecutor to decide whether Bentley should face criminal charges.

On Friday, the governor made a somber plea for forgiveness from the steps of the Alabama Capitol, acknowledging that he had let people down but promising that he had done nothing illegal or anything to merit his removal from office.

Bentley, a former Baptist deacon whose aw-shucks image was shattered in 2016 by accusations of an affair with ex-aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason, 45, denies all claims and looked set to ride out his impeachment.

The Alabama Republican Party on Sunday joined calls for Bentley to step down, with the party steering committee passing a resolution calling on Bentley to resign.

Two of Bentley's predecessors in the past three decades have been convicted of crimes: Republican Guy Hunt in the 1990s, for misusing funds, and Democrat Don Siegelman, who was convicted of bribery in 2006.

Ball said he could not discuss the details of what he spoke with Bentley about. Former Gov. Guy Hunt was convicted, did not go to prison.

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