Committee begins impeachment probe into Alabama governor

Committee begins impeachment probe into Alabama governor

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A committee of lawmakers opened impeachment hearings against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, beginning a probe on whether there are grounds to remove the two-term Republican from office.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones opened the hearings Wednesday by noting the seriousness of the committee's task.

Twenty-three representatives in April signed impeachment article accusing Bentley of corruption and neglect of duty. The articles were filed after Bentley admitted making sexually-charged remarks to a top aide.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full House on whether impeachment grounds exist.

The impeachment hearings come in a season of political upheaval for GOP office holders.

Mike Hubbard was removed as House speaker after being convicted of ethics violations. Chief Justice Roy Moore faces possible removal after being accused of violating judicial ethics.

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