ALGOP leadership calls on Gov. Bentley to resign immediately

ALGOP leadership calls on Gov. Bentley to resign immediately

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee is calling on Gov. Robert Bentley to step down from office.

The committee passed a resolution Sunday calling on Bentley to resign immediately.

"The overwhelming majority of elected officials are good, hard working people who love their communities, state and nation. However, when situations arise that are in direct conflict with the betterment of our people, we will speak up regardless of political party," the resolution stated.

The ALGOP leadership joins House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, both Republicans, in urging the governor to resign.

The House Judiciary Committee is set to move forward with impeachment hearings Monday at 10 a.m. after the Alabama Supreme Court issued a stay Saturday on a temporary restraining order that would have delayed the hearings.

Bentley's attorney Ross Garber released this statement in response to the hearings moving forward:

"Given the significance of the issues it is certainly appropriate that the Supreme Court hear this matter quickly. We will be prepared to file our brief as directed on Monday afternoon.  It's disappointing to hear the Committee will plow forward while the Supreme Court is considering the case. We have no idea what the Committee has planned for Monday or who its witnesses will be."

Bentley has been the focus of a year-long investigation by the Alabama Ethics Commission, which determined Wednesday there is probable cause to believe the governor violated ethics laws and campaign finance laws. The commission voted to refer his case to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution.

Bentley maintains he's done nothing illegal. He has publicly stated on multiple occasions, including on Friday, he will not quit the office.

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