Alabama Governor Refuses To Step Down, Faces Impeachment Hearings

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He was facing impeachment charges.

"Governor Ivey has been a great supporter of the Tennessee Valley", Battle said, "She's been up here a number of times".

"I sure miss you".

Jack Sharman, special counsel to the committee and author of the report, said Bentley "directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks meant to protect his reputation".

But the report said security personnel had seen her "leaving the [governor's] office with her hair tousled and her clothing in disarray".

This follows a previous report from the Alabama Ethics Commission that concludes there is ample reason to believe the governor may have violated ethics and campaign finance laws.

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Bentley resigned and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on Monday. Bentley will also be on probation for a year and perform 100 hours of community service as a physician.

"By giving back those campaign funds, he can't misspend them anymore", Bentley said. He could face jail time, but it's unlikely.

Robert Bentley is only the latest high-ranking state politician caught up in controversy in recent years. "Taxpayers were hit with costs of both the prosecution and the defense of Bentley. I have done nothing illegal", Bentley said on the state Capitol steps on Friday.

I'm grateful that Governor Bentley has seen the writing on the wall and made what must have been a hard decision.

Newell says Bentley was always a nice person and helped her family tremendously with various ailments.

A zealous Christian conservative who was elected Alabama's chief justice and then installed a Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of Alabama's main judicial building, Roy Moore was ousted in 2003 after ignoring a federal court order to remove the monument.

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The governor's own party has asked him to step down, and last week, Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon and Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh added their voices to the chorus of lawmakers calling on Bentley to resign immediately.

By evening, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) was sworn in as governor; Alabama's second female governor in state history.

In a remarkable fall, the mild-mannered 74-year-old Republican and one-time Baptist deacon stepped down as the sex-tinged scandal gathered force over the past few days.

Bentley is accused of threatening the first lady's staff to keep his affair secret.

The Republican has since struggled to win support in the GOP-controlled Legislature, and Republican leaders called for his resignation.

In August 2015, Dianne Bentley filed for divorce after 50 years of marriage. "Bentley says he said inappropriate things to Mason but he never had an affair". Bentley fired the state's top cop, who then went to AL.com, Alabama's largest statewide news organization, with sordid details of Bentley and Mason's alleged affair.

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In March 2014 Mrs Bentley secretly recorded an explicit phone conversation between her husband and a woman he addressed as Rebekah.

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