HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Six months after big revelations about Governor Robert Bentley and his alleged affair, meetings on impeachment still focus on rule nuances regarding the investigative process, with one committee member telling WHNT News 19 that speculating on a timeline would be "inappropriate".
Representative Mike Ball (R-Madison) is on the committee. He tells us, "The members of the committee are having discussions about the rules, and that's our job to have discussions about the rules."
The legislature remains in the investigative phase.
Ball explains, "The question of subpoena power has come up, and the special counsel is under the opinion that we do have subpoena power. It's inherent in the constitutional mandate that we have. And of course, there will always be lawyers that disagree. That's what lawyers do."
We did get some small rule updates to the process. Ball notes, "We adopted a rule that would allow the governor's counsel to cross examine any witness that came before the committee."
Even now, Ball tells us, "It would be inappropriate to speculate on a timeline, because we've never done anything like this before."
Ball gets a little philosophical discussing the House's investigation into the governor, "When a story breaks, everybody wants to know now, and they want to do something now. You know, we live in a world where folks crave immediate gratification. The truth takes longer sometimes, and sometimes you have to wait for the truth. Sometimes you have to wait for passions to die down."
Though maybe we got one clue about the extended timeline. Ball tells us, "The more you resist it, the longer it takes."
As for whether lawmakers are still interested in impeaching the governor after all this time has passed, Ball says, "They'll be interested when they get what the facts are."