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Speaker of House asks Gov. Bentley to resign immediately

Gov. Robert Bentley. (Source: WSFA video) Gov. Robert Bentley. (Source: WSFA video)

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon held a brief press conference Friday afternoon asking Gov. Robert Bentley to resign immediately.

In summary, he asked the governor to end the embarrassment to the state of Alabama and put the people first.

Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh called for Bentley to resign on Thursday.

McCutcheon's request comes just before a report on the potential impeachment is set to be released Friday afternoon by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee’s Special Counsel.

The investigative report is expected to detail findings after interviewing dozens of witnesses related to the impeachment charges facing Governor Bentley.

Bentley’s attorneys filed a motion in court this morning seeking a temporary restraining order to block the report’s release by special counsel Jack Sharman, but Montgomery Circuit Judge (and Bentley appointee) Roman Shaul said it “wasn’t my inclination” to block the report’s release, but held off on issuing a ruling on whether the Judiciary Committee can follow it’s publicly-announced hearing schedule that would see the committee begin hearing evidence Monday morning at 10 a.m. 

Before the hearing, Bentley held a hastily-called news conference on the capitol steps to address the public and ask for forgiveness. While he admitted that he had made mistakes, he said he has no plans to resign.

On Wednesday, the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that the governor broke state ethics and campaign finance laws and referred their findings to the Montgomery County district attorney's office for possible prosecution. 

Bentley has maintained he has done nothing illegal or of the level worthy of impeachment.

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