Pressure for Bentley Impeachment

A new impeachment resolution against Gov. Bentley was put on hold Tuesday in the Alabama House.  State Rep. Corey Harbison (R-Good Hope) says he and another lawmaker paused their effort, after getting assurances from GOP leaders, including House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), that the House Judiciary Committee would resume its impeachment investigation next week.  But a spokeswoman for McCutcheon said there are no plans to restart the investigation at that time, only a status update from the committee chairman, Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia).   The panel put the proceedings on hold last November at the request of then-state attorney general Luther Strange, who said his office was pursuing "related work."  After Bentley appointed Strange to the U.S. Senate last week,  critics accused the two of cutting a deal aimed at derailing the impeachment, a charge both men denied.   Tuesday's impeachment resolution, circulated among lawmakers, sought to sidestep the committee process entirely, sending the matter directly to the Senate for trial.    


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