Impeachment proceedings against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley can start next week, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Saturday, lifting a court order that had blocked hearings over his relationship with a former aide. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political.
"Governor Bentley's loyalty shifted from the State of Alabama to himself", Sharman wrote in an executive summary.
The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.
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. Shortly before the lawyers argued, Bentley defiantly stood on the steps of the state Capitol and refused growing calls from fellow Republicans that he step down.
Jack Sharman, the special counsel in the impeachment probe, says the House Judiciary Committee is free to proceed with the hearings. Even in Impeachments. We will review today's document dump - which appears to be an amalgam of hearsay, rumor and innuendo.
Sharman on publicly released his report to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.
Then, on March 22, 2016, Alabama's former law enforcement secretary, Spencer Collier, who Bentley had fired the same day, held a press conference at which he claimed Bentley had been having an affair with his chief adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, since at least 2014, and had used state resources to cover it up.
"To ensure the silence of his staff, Governor Bentley encouraged an atmosphere of intimidation", the report stated, adding there was "obsession and paranoia", and that Bentley "subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks meant to protect his reputation".
Her husband, Jon Mason, was appointed by Bentley as executive director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Bentley said after the ethics commission findings that he had no intention of resigning. Stabler recalls that Lewis would frequently ask his detail members about Mason and Governor Bentley, and that Stabler told Lewis about the text message in the course of one of those discussions.
The governor Friday apologized for his actions, but criticized those who he said had "taken pleasure in humiliating and shaming me and shaming my family, shaming my friends". Bentley's legal adviser David Byrne has said the rapidly moving process hasn't given the governor time to respond.