Gov. Bentley hands over 10K pages of info ahead of subpoena deadline

Gov. Bentley hands over 10K pages of info ahead of subpoena deadline

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Just 30 minutes before Monday's 5 p.m. subpoena deadline, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's office handed over more than 10,000 pages of documents and a letter. That letter stated that the committee holding impeachment hearings against the governor doesn't have subpoena authority.
Jack Sharman, special counsel for the committee holding impeachment hearings, issued subpoenas weeks ago to the governor, advisor Rebekah Mason, and others. Bentley and his attorneys have maintained the committee illegally voted to give themselves subpoena power.

While handing over the new information, a letter sent to Sharman said the 10,759 documents were the ones that could be gathered with "relative efficiency" that also appeared to come within Sharman's "enormously broad document requests."

The letter goes on to state that the documents being handed over do not concede the committee has impeachment power and nor is it grounds for any legitimate ground for impeachment.

The letter indicates Bentley's attorneys will make a motion to quash (basically do away with) the subpoena in a soon-to-be-filed motion.

The letter also states that the governor's office is preserving more than 129 GB of data which possibly includes millions of emails that could be available for access at a later time.

"It is important to bear in mind that what matters is not the page count, that is to say, the volume of hard copy documents or electronic materials, but rather whether or not they are in fact responsive and fully so to appropriately tailored requests," Sharman said.

In a conversation before the governor's office released document's to him, Sharman maintained the committee had subpoena power and he would do what is necessary to enforce that power if parties are uncooperative.

There is no word if others who were issued subpoena's, such as Rebekah Mason, have turned over the subpoenaed documents.

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