Impeachment Proceedings Against Governor Bentley Temporarily Stopped

Saturday, April 8, 2017

 


An Alabama judge has temporarily stopped impeachment proceedings against Governor Robert Bentley. Thanks for joining us, I’m Carl Brady. A Montgomery Circuit Judge announced today that he would grant the governor’s request for a temporary restraining order, which will stop impeachment hearings from beginning on Monday as planned. However, the judge did not block the committee from releasing a 131-page report along with personal text messages between the governor and his former senior advisor, with whom he is accused of having an affair. Even as the reports were released, Bentley pushed back against the House Speaker’s request for him to resign. Special Counsel Jack Sharman said lawmakers planned to appeal the judge’s decision to delay the impeachment proceedings. The governor asked for a 10-day delay while his atorneys argue the process is unfair. This all comes two days after the state ethics commission found that Governor Bentley may have violated state ethics and campaign finance laws. They sent four cases against Bentley to the district attorney’s office for review.

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