Maegan McCart-Sophomore- April 12, 2017
The special counsel for
the Alabama House Judiciary Committee has released Governor Robert Bentley’s report on the impeachment investigation. Jack Sharman released his report today after Bentley’s lawyers attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order blocking its release. Montgomery Circuit Judge Roman Shaul refused to issue the order. The lengthy report exhibits incriminating evidence Shaul told the press he may later consider questions about the impeachment process. He stated that he is unsure yet whether he has any jurisdiction to rule on either matter.
The hearing came after Bentley spoke to reporters at an impromptu press conference on the steps of the state capitol. “I will
not resign. I have done nothing illegal…” , the governor reported. “If the people want to know if I misused state resources, the answer is simply no, I have not.” On Wednesday April 5th, 2017, the Alabama Ethics Commission, in four separate votes, determined there was probable cause that Bentley violated one count of the ethics law and three counts of the campaign finance law. The decision forwards the investigation to the Montgomery County district attorney.
On Thursday, April 6th, 2017, Bentley’s lawyers stated that the findings of the commission were not sustainable for impeachment. “There are ethics commissions in every state, proceedings like yousaw yesterday, they happen all the time,” reported Ross Garber, who is representing Bentley in the impeachment proceedings. What you saw yesterday and the consequences of it are not the kind of thing that results in the impeachment of a governor. It’s just not.” The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin impeachment hearings on Monday April 10, 2017.