Impeachment hearings begin today for scandal-plagued Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

Posted April 11, 2017

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.

This morning, a spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he is "not personally involved" in any negotiations to resign.

As this process continues, there is a growing list of people calling for Governor Robert Bentley to resign, including now the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee.

Lawmakers in Alabama are moving ahead with impeachment hearings against Governor Robert Bentley after the Alabama Supreme Court gave the greenlight on Saturday.

"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.

Last week, in a separate action, the Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley misused state resources and campaign funds, improperly accepted a campaign donation outside the legal fundraising window, and loaned himself campaign money when he was not a candidate.

The committee, following a week or so of hearings, will make a recommendation to the full House of Representatives on whether Bentley should be impeached. Following the court's decision, the House Judiciary Committee said it planned to proceed with impeachment hearings on Monday.

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Bentley, a staunch family-values conservative who won two terms partly because of his reputation for moral rectitude, was first engulfed in scandal last year after recordings surfaced of him making sexually charged comments to 45-year-old political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. "I have not", Bentley said.

"I have done nothing illegal", he said at a news conference on Friday.

Bentley and Mason both denied the affair initially - but at this point that's no longer really up for debate. He criticized unnamed people he said were delighting in exposing the embarrassing details of his personal life.

She also provided investigators with audio recordings plus text messages and other evidence that raised questions about the governor's actions and truthfulness.

Bentley's wife of 50 years, Dianne Bentley, filed for divorce in 2015, months before the allegations of an affair became public.

An investigative report prepared for the House Judiciary Committee and released last week said Bentley encouraged an "atmosphere of intimidation" to keep the story under wraps and directed law enforcement officers to track down and seize the recordings. "We are pitiful", Bentley wrote in one message. The governor's lawyer said it is an "amalgam of hearsay, rumor and innuendo". The committee will decide whether to recommend impeachment.

"In order to prevent duplication of effort or interference with your investigation, I am hereby sending this referral to you, he letter said".