Robert Bentley’s lawyers: Only most serious charges merit impeachment

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Lawyers for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley are telling an impeachment committee that only the most egregious offenses merit removal from office.

The governor’s office submitted the filing on impeachment standards to the House Judiciary Committee last week as the committee begins a probe on if there are grounds to impeach Bentley.

The attorneys wrote that impeachment is reserved for situations where the misconduct is so grave that no lesser remedy will do. They said only two governors have been removed from office in modern times, and both had been charged with criminal offenses.

Twenty-three House members signed impeachment articles after Bentley’s former law enforcement secretary accused him of having an affair with a staffer and interfering with law enforcement business. The governor admitted inappropriate conversations but denied the other accusations.

 Republished with permission of The Associated Press.


  1. Re: “only the most egregious offenses merit removal from office.”

    If it was good enough for Bill Clinton, it’s good enough for Bentley.

    Maybe they could get serial-adulterer Newt Gingrich to ‘lead’ the impeachment. That would be fun to watch.

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