Impeachment investigation on Gov. Bentley remains frozen


Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (Kristen Conner/WHNT News 19)

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The attorney general's office says an investigation regarding Gov. Robert Bentley is not finished. However, that doesn't mean it will pick back up again yet.

The House Judiciary Committee met Tuesday to determine whether or not the investigation should resume. In the end, committee members ended up in a tie vote, meaning the investigation remains frozen.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks is overseeing the probe, and wrote a letter to the committee dated Feb. 24.  She wrote that the investigation "has not been completed."

The committee met to discuss whether any impeachment of the governor could cause a legal issue of double jeopardy and block any potential subsequent criminal proceeding. Brooks raised the question in the letter, which cited a 1933 attempted impeachment that was blocked after an official was acquitted of criminal charges.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee exchanged strong opinions Tuesday over the future of the probe.

In the end, committee members split evenly over a motion that would have kept the public activities halted, but tell the special counsel to get ready to move forward with hearings.

WHNT News 19's Brian Lawson and David Kumbroch are in Montgomery to cover the meeting. Read more updates on Twitter: @BrianLawson15

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