Robert Bentley impeachment: Subcommittees created to consider subpoenas, counsel

Robert Bentley

A legislative committee investigating if there are grounds to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley has created two subcommittees to review potential subpoenas and the hiring of special counsel.

Eight state lawmakers have been assigned to the committees, House Judiciary Chairman Andalusia-Republican Rep. Mike Jones announced Tuesday.

The subcommittee created to review proposed subpoenas and recommend which ones should be issued to the full House Judiciary Committee will be chaired by former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Tuscumbia-Democrat Rep. Marcel Black. Montevallo-Republican Matt Friday, Leeds-Republican Dickie Drake, Killen-Republican Phillip Pettus and Birmingham-Democrat Merika Coleman will join Black on the committee.

Jones reiterated the importance of a bipartisan subcommittee in a news release.

“I don’t want this to be one-sided,” Jones said in a news release. “This applies to Democrats just as much as it does Republicans.”

The second subcommittee, assigned to selecting a special counsel who will oversee the ongoing impeachment investigation will be chaired by Moody-Republican Rep. Jim Hill. He will be joined by Tuscaloosa-Democratic Rep. Chris England along with Birmingham-Republican Rep. David Faulkner.

The Judiciary Committee is investigating if Bentley committed any impeachable offenses in a sex-charged scandal involving a former top aide, Rebekah Mason.

Twenty-three representatives signed articles of impeachment in April accusing Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office.