Gov. Robert Bentley has testified under oath in the ethics trial of the Alabama House speaker, saying that he remembers meeting with Mike Hubbard to discuss what he described as economic development projects.
Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Hubbard was being paid up to $12,000 a month to illegally lobby the governor on behalf of his business clients – a municipal gas company and a maker of plastic cups.
A state prosecutor showed Bentley reports Hubbard sent his clients describing how he met with the governor on projects that could benefit them. The governor said he remembered the meetings.
On cross-examination, Bentley told a defense lawyer that he thought the projects were good for the state because they would bring jobs.
Bentley faces his own trouble: Eleven lawmakers resolved to impeach him after he acknowledged sending sexually suggestive messages to a female aide.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.