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Bentley Could Resign by Wednesday

Impeachment hearings begin today.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 10, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

“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)

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