Subpoenas issued for Governor Bentley, Rebekah Mason

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT/AP) — Subpoenas have been issued to Governor Robert Bentley, his former top aide Rebekah Mason, and her husband, a press release from the Alabama House of Representatives says.

According to the release, subpoenas were issued to the following:

Robert Bentley, individually and as governor

Bentley for Governor, Inc.

Michael H. Echols

Jonathan Mason

Rebekah Mason

Alabama Council for Excellent Government

JRM Enterprises, Inc.

RCM Communications, Inc.

“These individuals and corporations have until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016, to deliver the requested documentation to the special counsel,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Representative Mike Jones, R-Andalusia.  “If they fail to comply, we will take appropriate action.”

Special counsel Jack Sharman asked the committee to subpoena documents from Bentley, a former staffer with whom Bentley was accused of having an affair, the governor’s campaign, a nonprofit that paid the staffer and other entities.

“The office of the governor has flatly, adamantly and in every way possible made clear they are not going to cooperate,” Sharman told the committee. “The same thing is true of every other person and entity on that list I provided you,” Sharman said. Sharman said the people and entities had voluntarily turned over “few or no documents” in response to his requests.

Bentley’s attorney disputed the accusation, saying the governor’s office voluntarily turned over 1,500 pages of material on Tuesday morning. “The record actually refutes that,” attorney Ross Garber said.

The subpoenas were issued Thursday after a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee approved Sharman’s requests and forwarded them to the House Clerk Jeff Woodward with instructions to issue them.

The subpoenas are the latest development in the slow-moving impeachment probe launched after the governor’s fired law enforcement secretary accused Bentley of having an affair with his political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, and of interfering in law enforcement business.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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