Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned Monday from his elected post amid pressures from Special Counsel Jack Sharman and a bipartisan Alabama State House Judiciary Committee. The special prosecutor concluded his findings from a year-long investigation the week of April 3, 2017. The Alabama State House was to begin impeachment hearings, Monday April 10, 2017 but Bentley accepted a plea deal for two misdemeanors criminal offenses related to an alleged affair with his former political advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason before impeachment proceedings were initiated. The plea also included an admissions of abuse of power to cover up the allegations. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were eager to impeach Bentley. Republican. Rep. Ed Henry, introduced articles of impeachment last year, and called the initiative "one of the few truly bipartisan issues.[in Alabama].” The impeachment proceedings were not without struggle though and were almost derailed when then state Attorney, Luther Strange, asked the Alabama State House Judiciary Committee to take over “related work”. The Special prosecutor was told to stop investigating in November 2016, but then asked to resume work in February when Luther Strange was nominated to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions was tapped by President Trump to be the U.S. Attorney General.
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