Gov. Bentley responds to Alabama lawmaker’s plan to impeach

UPDATE:

6:00 AM — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the move to impeach him is “political grandstanding intended to grab headlines.”

Alabama State Representative Ed Henry introduced the impeachment resolution saying lawmakers and voters have lost confidence in Bentley.

The Governor admits to making inappropriate comments to his former top aid Rebekah Mason.

The resolution will likely be sent to the House Rules Committee for consideration.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker says he is filing an impeachment resolution against Gov. Robert Bentley in the wake of a scandal involving one of the governor’s top aides, who has since resigned.

Republican Rep. Ed Henry plans to introduce the resolution Tuesday. The resolution was spurred by Bentley’s admission that he made inappropriate remarks to the former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. However, Bentley denied suggestions that the two had an affair.

The resolution will likely be sent to the House Rules Committee for consideration, and it’s not clear if it will have enough support to move forward.

Henry says Bentley betrayed the trust of the people of Alabama.

The Alabama Constitution lays out a loose procedure for impeachment for offenses including moral turpitude, willful neglect of duty and corruption, among other things.

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