The Latest: Alabama Governor Impeachment probe remains paused
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the impeachment investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):
The impeachment investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley will remain paused, at least for now.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee exchanged strong opinions Tuesday over the future of the probe. However, it will remain in a holding pattern.
Rep. Alan Farley said the committee should move forward with the investigation.
Committee members split evenly over a motion that would have kept the public activities halted, but tell the special counsel to get ready to move forward with hearings.
The committee paused the investigation in November after the attorney general said his office was doing related work. The attorney general’s office wrote to the committee in February that the investigation “has not been completed.”
After a pause of several months, the House Judiciary Committee is meeting again to discuss the possible impeachment of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.
The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss a procedural question related to the probe. It is the first meeting since the investigation was paused in November.
The committee is tasked with making a recommendation to the full House of Representatives on whether there are grounds to impeach Bentley.
Twenty-three House members last year signed impeachment articles accusing Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption. It came after Bentley’s fired law enforcement secretary accused his former boss of having an affair with a staffer and of interfering with law enforcement business. Bentley acknowledged making personal mistakes but denied the other accusations.
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