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Alabama 'Love Gov,' Robert Bentley, Could Face Impeachment

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Left: Rebekah Mason claps during Gov. Robert Bentley's speech during the annual State of the State address at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Right: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during the annual State of the State address. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 10:56 AM

Alabama's so-called "Love Gov" could be facing impeachment as the Alabama House Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday morning to discuss charges against him.

Gov. Robert Bentley, 74, is accused of misusing state property and violating campaign finance laws in connection with his alleged relationship with married former staffer Rebekah Caldwell Mason, AL.com reported.

The work done by the impeachment committee was placed on hold after the state's Attorney General Luther Strange indicated his office was doing "related work," AL.com noted. Bentley then named Strange to Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate after Sessions was named attorney general by President Donald Trump's administration.

State Rep. Mike Jones, of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the committee needed to hear from the special prosecutor overseeing Bentley's case before it would move forward, according to AL.com. Jones said it could be May before the committee is ready to present its findings to the full House.

Ross Garber, the attorney who represented two other Republican governors who were facing impeachment – South Carolina's Mark Sanford and Connecticut's John Rowland – will counsel Bentley, according to NBC News.

Bentley has denied sleeping with Mason along with punishing a police officer who was the whistle blower for the alleged affair, NBC News reported. The former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency charged that he was fired when he refused to cover up the alleged affair.

Bentley has not denied it was his voice on a tape that surfaced last spring between him and allegedly Mason in a reported steamy conversation that suggested a relationship between the two, according to NBC News.

Jones told WVTM-TV last October that he wanted Bentley to testify in front of the judiciary committee.

"We want a clear, truthful record from the governor and his staff," Jones said, according to the television station then. "The committee's rules authorize our special counsel to take this testimony for the committee, much like a deposition in a civil case. We look forward to the cooperation of the governor and his staff with our special counsel."

Former Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley and the governor divorced last September, according to WVTM-TV. The couple had four children and eight grandchildren, according to the television station.

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