House committee responds to Supreme Court ruling

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Lawyers for the two-term Republican have won a temporary restraining order delaying impeachment proceedings that were set to begin Monday in the Alabama House Judiciary Committee.

Before the hearings Friday, Bentley held a hastily-called news conference on the capitol steps to address the public and ask for forgiveness.

House spokersperson Clay Redden confirms to WHNT News 19 that the hearings will proceed as previously scheduled on Monday morning.

Bentley, who has served as Alabama's governor since 2011, has been embroiled in a scandal since recordings emerged of him making sexually suggestive comments to one of his advisers.

State Rep. Ed Henry said Friday night if the judiciary committee doesn't resume impeachment hearings by Tuesday, he will introduce a rule change to bypass the committee and have a vote on impeachment as early as Thursday.

"We appreciate the Court's consideration of this serious case and are gratified by the result", said Ross Garber, attorney for the governor.

The Judiciary Committee will make a recommendation to the full House on whether to impeach Bentley. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks during a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala.

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The same day, Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin granted the governor's request for a temporary restraining order to stop impeachment proceedings.

The Alabama Supreme Court is allowing lawmakers to move forward with impeachment hearings against Gov. Robert Bentley, who has been fighting to stay in office after allegations that he inappropriately used his position to cover up an affair with a top aide. He said it appears to be an "amalgam of hearsay, rumor and innuendo".

Her husband, Jon Mason, was appointed by Bentley as executive director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled impeachment hearings to begin Monday.

Bentley tried to block the report's release, but it was posted online Friday afternoon.

Amid growing calls for his removal, the governor rejected the accusation that he misused state resources, vowing to remain in office. The JIC returned saying Shaul's appointment by Bentley in January was an unwaivable, conflict and that his recusal was required. But he maintained he did nothing illegal and had no intentions of resigning. On Wednesday, the Alabama Ethics Commission also found that Bentley probably violated ethics and campaign finance laws.

"... In the spring 2014, Governor Bentley mistakenly sent to Ms. Bentley a text message that stated, "I love you Rebekah" and was accompanied by a red-rose emoji", the report states.

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