Impeachment report gives look into Alabama governor scandal

Impeachment report gives look into Alabama governor scandal

The governor has vowed to stay in office. Impeachment hearings are set to begin on Monday, April 10, CNN reported.

During their investigation, the special counsel staff found that the governor had ordered law enforcement officers to attempt to recover copies of the audiotape from people who may have possessed them and, at one point, end his relationship with Mason for him.

The governor has acknowledged making inappropriate remarks to Mason, but both deny a sexual relationship or any wrongdoing. He says he assumed these were communications with Rebekah Mason due to their timing in relation to phone calls between Mason and Governor Bentley, but he never actually saw Mason's name associated with these texts.

Jones says the committee will meet Monday to discuss the next steps. A circuit judge had blocked the hearings, which are scheduled to begin Monday.

Ross Garber, representing the governor in the impeachment investigation, said in a statement they would file a brief with the Supreme Court Monday afternoon.

"We are gratified that the Alabama Supreme Court acted promptly and that the restraining order against the Judiciary Committee is stayed", said Jack Sharman, a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC and special counsel to the Judiciary Committee.

The Judiciary Committee will make a recommendation to the full House on whether to impeach Bentley.

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The governor was granted an order that freezes all impeachment action until mid-May, barring a successful appeal, while his attorneys attempt to mount a defense.

Sharman and Alabama Law Institute Director Othni Lathram argued in court Friday that the Constitution delegated powers to pursue impeachment entirely to the Alabama Legislature.

"This is a great day for the Constitution of Alabama", he said.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's lawyers headed back to court after a new judge was assigned to hear his request to block impeachment proceedings. The Alabama Ethics Commission Wednesday found probable cause that the governor had violated ethics and campaign finance laws, and referred charges to the Montgomery County District Attorney for consideration.

Months later in February 2014 she saw text messages between her husband and Mason that said "I can't take my eyes off of you", during a dinner of the National Governor's Association.

WAFF 48 News legal analyst Mark McDaniel, who represented former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt during his criminal trial, said because Bentley faces possible impeachment and separate criminal probes.

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