Rapid Pace for Potential Bentley Impeachment

Mar 29, 2017

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

A vote on whether lawmakers will impeach Alabama Governor Robert Bentley could come sooner than you think.

The top lawyer in a legislative investigation of Gov. Bentley has indicated that lawmakers are speeding to a decision on whether to impeach him over a sex scandal involving a former aide.

Special counsel Jack Sharman issued a memo to the governor's lawyers describing a tentative schedule that would decide Bentley's fate quickly. Sharman provided that memo to The Associated Press yesterday.

Sharman currently plans to present the investigation’s finding to the House Judiciary Committee next Friday, April 7. Hearings would follow, and the full House would vote May 9 on whether to impeach the governor.

Bentley's lawyers objected to that rapid pace in a written response to committee members, saying it is "inconsistent with principles of fairness."

The committee is currently investigating whether Bentley committed any impeachable offenses in a scandal centered on his relationship with a former aide.