Bentley impeachment proceedings halt while AG Strange conducts own investigation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The House Judiciary Committee is suspending hearings into the articles of impeachment filed against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. The chairman says he is doing so at the request of Attorney General Luther Strange, who is conducting a separate investigation of Bentley.

“As I said at the first meeting on the Articles of Impeachment, this committee would work cooperatively with other investigating agencies and today’s action testifies to that,” said Representative Mike Jones, R-Andalusia.  “We are temporarily suspending activity at the attorney general’s request but we are not abdicating our responsibility.  Everything the committee has done remains in effect.”

Hearings began June 15 of this year after 23 members of the House signed a resolution charging Bentley with corruption and neglect of duty. Special counsel Jack Sharman was appointed as the committee’s investigator. He says he agrees with the hearings and offered support to the attorney general.

“It’s an honor to serve the committee, its members, the House, and the people of Alabama,” said Sharman.  “I look forward to coordinating with the attorney general as necessary and appropriate.”

Strange, in a letter to Jones, write it would be “prudent and beneficial” if the committee suspended their investigation until the attorney general’s staff finishes their probe.

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