Rules to be discussed for Bentley impeachment investigation

Rules to be discussed for Bentley impeachment investigation

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama House Judiciary Committee has announced they will hold their first meeting on articles of impeachment for Gov. Robert Bentley on June 15.

The meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the Alabama State House. The meeting will start the discussion and adoption of committee rules for the impeachment investigation of Bentley.

According to information sent out by the committee, the draft rules were based upon large volumes of research, including the rules used in the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the state of Illinois. Information was also used from congressional procedures and other reference sources.

Below you will find a draft version of the rules the committee will consider for adoption next Wednesday. The rules provide for subpoena power for the committee and provide for the hiring of a special counsel to help with the hearing.

Gov. Bentley is accused of misusing state funds, which were centered on his alleged affair with former staff member Rebekah Mason. It's a process that has been months in the making and has been slowed by legislative hurdles.

Should Bentley be forced from his position, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey would succeed him to the governorship. Ivey, also a Republican, would be just the second female to ever hold the state's highest public office.

Ivey said she's ready to lead the state if needed. She confirmed she has a transition team in place, but declined to speak about the governor's scandal or his former adviser.

Bentley has steadfastly denied ever doing anything illegal.

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