Impeachment of Alabama Governor Bentley Allowed to Proceed

The Latest Gov. Bentley wants impeachment report delayed

Despite the legal troubles occurring with his administration, Gov. Bentley has refused to step down from office. Bentley said he's been told that will happen again.

(Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP). Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted an. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin has granted Gov. Robert Bentley's request for a temporary restraining order against the House Judiciary Committee.

Lawyers for the two-term Republican have won a temporary restraining order delaying impeachment proceedings that were set to begin Monday in the Alabama House Judiciary Committee.

Bentley has vowed to stay in office despite growing calls for his resignation.

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"I do not plan to resign". "I have done nothing illegal".

The report accuses him of using state resources, including law enforcement, to hide the affair and protect his reputation, "in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia".

Bentley, a former Baptist deacon, used the language of his religion during his Friday public appearance, acknowledging "personal struggles" and asking for prayer. Bentley said Monday that he had been humiliated as "embarrassing details" of his personal life were made public over the past year.

"It's disappointing to hear the committee will plow forward while the Supreme Court is considering the case", the statement said.

House Judiciary Committee special counsel Jack Sharman wrote that Bentley's relationship with Rebekah Caldwell Mason was well-known within his inner circle. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled impeachment hearings to begin Monday.

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Bentley, a Republican, has been battling impeachment efforts over the a year ago related to political fallout from his relationship with a former aide. The Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday found probable cause that Bentley broke ethics and campaign law and referred the matter for possible prosecution.

Bentley tried to block the report's release, but it was posted online Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press on Friday said an impeachment report found that Bentley "encouraged an atmosphere of intimidation" in an effort to keep his relationship with the adviser quiet.

Bentley twice asked his former security officer Ray Lewis to end his relationship with Mason and instructed the state employee to drive to Tuscaloosa to pressure his son to turn over a copy of a recorded conversation between him and Mason, according to the report. He Garber also criticized the release of the special counsel's report.

During one occasion, Ms. Bentley was able to read texts sent between the Governor and Mason while they were all sitting at the same dinner table for a 2014 event hosted by the Republican Governors Association. "I sure miss you. We are pitiful", Bentley wrote in one message. Even in Impeachments. We will review today's document dump - which appears to be an amalgam of hearsay, rumor and innuendo.

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