AL Supreme Court: Bentley impeachment hearings can begin Monday
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 11:38
Governor Robert Bentley's impeachment hearing proceedings will begin Monday, but Bentley may not testify.
Bentley has vowed to stay in office despite growing calls for his resignation. I have done nothing illegal.
"You either got to wake up in the morning, and you gotta say I've been elected by the people of Alabama to be their governor, and I'm the governor of the greatest state in America and I'm going to fight this thing every day, or either you don't and that's what he's faced with", said McDaniel.
Bentley, who is in his second term, is accused of using state resources for personal use. "We have no idea what the committee has planned for Monday or who its witnesses will be", said Ross Garber, the attorney for the governor, as reported by the news outlet.
The Supreme Court justices asked for briefs on the matter to be filed by Monday.
Bentley's attorneys in two court hearings Friday that the schedule adopted by the committee gave the governor little time to prepare a defense against allegations in a 131-page report released Friday afternoon.
"It's disappointing to hear the Committee will plow forward while the Supreme Court is considering the case", he said in a statement.
"An absolute embarrassment to him and the state of Alabama", said WAAY 31 Political Annalist Dale Jackson, "it's completely different than the guy he sold himself as in 2010 and 2014, this nice, southern doctor who just wants to make things better".
A state court on Friday had rejected Bentley's request to block the Judiciary Committee from releasing evidence about wrongdoing stemming from his relationship with Mason to be used for impeachment proceedings. On Wednesday, the Alabama Ethics Commission also found that Bentley probably violated ethics and campaign finance laws.
"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", the report said. 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.