AL lawmakers call for patience ahead of Bentley impeachment hearings

AL lawmakers call for patience ahead of Bentley impeachment hearings

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama lawmakers are less than a week away from tackling the first major impeachment hearing in more than 100 years. Next Wednesday, the House Judicial Committee will begin hearings on articles of impeachment against Gov. Robert Bentley.

Most lawmakers - Republican or Democrat - seem to agree these hearings need to be fair and methodical.

Bentley faces articles of impeachment which charge him with allegations like the misuse of state funds and incompetence. Most of the charges date back to his alleged affair with former staff member Rebekah Mason.

Most lawmakers are preaching caution.

Some of the lawmakers want to move past this issue to focus on things like Medicaid, or prisons, but they say it will be hard until there is some resolution.

"I think you should exert leadership…" said Rep. John Knight (D-Montgomery). "Part of leadership is making certain that this process is done fairly, that everybody is given a fair opportunity, and it's not based on polls and it's not based on politics, not based on race, but just where the facts will take you."

Playing as a backdrop to the meeting are ongoing investigations on both the state and federal level.

"I hope prior to making any decisions relating to the governor we will let the investigations run their course," warned Jack Williams, (R-Birmingham).

Gov. Bentley has not commented on whether he will attend the hearings. He's adiment he's done nothing illegal.

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