Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to resign amid scandal

Apr 11, 2017, 06:40

A year ago, all of Alabama's three most powerful public officials were under investigation for a variety of misdeeds.

In another exchange, the two discussed their desire to elope. Too much evidence had entered the public sphere. "There have been times that I have let you and our people down, and I'm sorry for that". "The politician's party doesn't have an incentive to toss them overboard".

"One of the things we learned about Gov. Bentley over the previous year is that he's like so many politicos in general who come to believe that they are not vulnerable or not subject to the same rules that the rest of us are". The findings come days after the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe Bentley committed multiple felony violations of state ethics and campaign finance laws.

Bentley's resignation will avoid the decision from the day's impeachment hearings.After months of a political and sexual scandal, the embattled governor buckled when impeachment proceedings began on Monday morning.

Kay Ivey, who was serving as Alabama's lieutenant governor, was sworn in as governor shortly after 6 p.m. The former speaker of the state House, Mike Hubbard, was ousted from that job past year after being convicted on a series of public corruption charges. Hubbard had been reelected to his leadership post in 2015, even after he was indicted, with only one dissenting vote.

An Alabama circuit court judge on Friday ordered a temporary halt to the impeachment process until hearings could be held on Bentley's claim that lawmakers did not give enough time to present an adequate defense.

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Ivey called it a dark day in Alabama politics and a day of opportunity.

In March of a year ago, Bentley apologized to the public and admitted to saying inappropriate things to Mason, but said the two never had a physical affair. Guy Hunt (R) and Don Siegelman (D) - served jail terms.

In an email, Bobby Segall, an attorney for Mason, declined to address Mason's involvement in the closures but added, "I will say generally there is a good bit in the report with which we do not agree". "We're making Louisiana look like pikers". He was convicted and automatically removed from office in 1993 after being accused of wrongly using money from his inaugural and transition fund for personal items including debt payments and home improvements.

The violations were discovered during the investigation of his affair but were not directly related to it. Two years earlier, state Rep. Terry Spicer (D) admitted to accepting bribes while in office, including $22,000 in free concert tickets.

Republicans control both U.S. Senate seats as well as six of the seven House districts in the state. "It's a general pattern of corruption". "Several witnesses also told us that there was a belief among the Bentley children that their father may have been suffering dementia or other health problems", it read.

The report also alleges other potentially embarrassing details, including an incident that occurred during a 2014 trip to Washington, D.C., in which the septuagenarian apparently opened the hotel room door while wearing only his boxer shorts, expecting Mason to be on the other side of it.

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