Gov. Bentley asks committee to suspend impeachment probe

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Governor Robert Bentley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley is asking a committee to suspend an impeachment investigation until lawmakers name what they suspect he has done wrong.

The governor’s office on Thursday filed the motion to suspend proceedings with the House Judiciary Committee until the House passes a more specific statement of the charges. The governor is also asking three committee members to step aside from the probe because they signed the impeachment articles.

Twenty-three House members signed impeachment articles accusing the governor of corruption and neglect of duties,

Lawyers for the governor’s office say the articles are impermissibly vague.

The articles were filed after Bentley’s former law enforcement secretary accused him of having an affair with a staffer and interfering with law enforcement business. The governor admitted inappropriate conversations but denied the other accusations.