“It Is becoming clear that Robert Bentley (R) will not last the week as governor. Sources in Montgomery say his lawyers have been involved in negotiations to step down from the governorship and plead to lesser charges, allowing Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to step up as governor.
“Sources believe he will resign the governorship by Wednesday.
“Bentley has been under fire for the better part of the year but pressure over the last several days has mounted to untenable heights. The Alabama Ethics Commission last week found reason to believe he committed four crimes, all of them felonies. If he agrees to a deal it is thought he will have to plead to at least a misdemeanor. Leaders of his party, along with the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House, have demanded he resign.” (AL.com)
“The leadership of Alabama’s Republican Party” called for “the immediate resignation of” Bentley in “a resolution passed Sunday.”
“The resolution comes after a damning House report released Friday alleging the governor misused state resources to cover up his affair with former adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
“The House is set to begin impeachment proceedings against the two-term Republican governor tomorrow.” (AL.com)
“If the House votes to impeach Bentley, he will automatically be removed from his duties and can only be returned to office if acquitted in a trial-like proceeding before the Alabama Senate.” (AP)