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Committee won’t halt Bentley impeachment probe

Governor Bentley declares a State of Emergency ahead of storms (Photo: Office of the Governor)

Governor Bentley declares a State of Emergency ahead of storms (Photo: Office of the Governor)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A committee investigating the possible impeachment of Gov. Robert Bentley’s has denied the governor’s requests to suspend proceeding.

House Judiciary Chairman Mike Jones on Wednesday denied the governor’s requests and says the probe is moving forward.

The governor asked for the investigation to halt until lawmakers clarify their concerns. The notice was accompanied by an Aug. 25 letter from the committee’s special counsel saying the concerns had been well-publicized.

Twenty-three lawmakers signed impeachment articles after Bentley’s former law enforcement secretary accused him of having an affair with a staffer and interfering with law enforcement business.

The documents show the committee requested numerous travel, telephone, email and law enforcement records from the governor.

Jones also denied the governor’s request to recuse committee members who signed the articles.