The Latest: Some lawmakers express doubt on impeachment

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 3:40 PM
The Latest: Some lawmakers express doubt on impeachment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the effort to impeach Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Some Alabama lawmakers, including the leader of the Senate, are expressing doubts about an effort to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Tuesday that he did not favor impeaching someone over "personal issues." He says there needs to be evidence of misuse of office or state funds.

A House Republican introduced an impeachment resolution in the wake of Bentley's admission of inappropriate conversations with a former top aide.

Rep. Mac McCutcheon, chairman of the House Rules Committee that will decide whether to bring the impeachment effort to a House floor vote, says he doubts the issue will be voted on this legislative session.

He said the committee will first explore whether there are grounds for impeachment.

Bentley on Tuesday lashed back at the impeachment effort and called it "political grandstanding."

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1:20 p.m.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says an effort to impeach him is "political grandstanding intended to grab headlines."

Bentley, in a statement issued Tuesday, said he will vigorously defend himself against what he described as a political attack. Bentley said there are no grounds for the articles of impeachment being introduced in the House.

Republican Rep. Ed Henry is introducing the impeachment resolution, saying lawmakers and voters have lost confidence in Bentley.

The resolution was spurred by allegations made by Bentley's former law enforcement secretary that Bentley had an affair with a former top staffer and interfered with law enforcement business.

Bentley has admitted that he made inappropriate remarks to the former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. However, Bentley denied suggestions that the two had an affair. He has also denied the other accusations.

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12:30 p.m.

An Alabama lawmaker says he is filing an impeachment resolution against Gov. Robert Bentley in the wake of a scandal involving one of the governor's top aides, who has since resigned.

Republican Rep. Ed Henry plans to introduce the resolution Tuesday. The resolution was spurred by Bentley's admission that he made inappropriate remarks to the former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. However, Bentley denied suggestions that the two had an affair.

The resolution will likely be sent to the House Rules Committee for consideration, and it's not clear if it will have enough support to move forward.

Henry says Bentley betrayed the trust of the people of Alabama.

The Alabama Constitution lays out a loose procedure for impeachment for offenses including moral turpitude, willful neglect of duty and corruption, among other things.