Alabama governor faces impeachment hearings after ruling

Alabama governor faces impeachment hearings after ruling

Alabama governor faces impeachment hearings after ruling

While he admitted that he had made mistakes, he said he has no plans to resign. It lays out in sometimes sordid detail an extra-marital relationship between the 74-year-old Bentley and political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley walks towards the door after speaking during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala.

The stunning events capped a wild week in Alabama politics.

Lawyers for the two-term Republican have won a temporary restraining order delaying impeachment proceedings that were set to begin Monday in the Alabama House Judiciary Committee.

Steering Committee, in a resolution passed today, called upon Gov. Robert Bentley to step down from his office. The Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday found probable cause that Bentley broke ethics and campaign law and referred the matter for possible prosecution.

Bentley, who has served as Alabama's governor since 2011, has been embroiled in a scandal since recordings emerged of him making sexually suggestive comments to one of his advisers.

A special counsel's impeachment report says Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley directed a state law enforcement officer to "advance his personal interests" and "encouraged an atmosphere of intimidation" to try to keep his romantic relationship with a staffer from becoming public.

Governor 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.

McDaniel said says because the Judiciary Committee has already done a lot of work in producing the special counsel's investigative report, he expects the committee will act quickly. Bentley's loyalties shifted from the state to himself as he tried to keep the relationship quiet, Sharman wrote.

Also noted in Saturday's Supreme Court decision - the House Judiciary Committee has to file its brief no later than 10:00 a.m. on Monday.

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. But, he said, he has done nothing illegal. "And I don't know of many criminal lawyers that will allow/want their client to go out an make a statement". He did not take questions. She also intercepted text messages between the pair that included red rose emojis and professions of love to "Rebekah". "I sure miss you".

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