Governor Bentley: “I do not plan to resign”; Seeks to Block Report

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UPDATE (10 a.m.) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the release of a potentially embarrassing report related to a sex scandal that has led to an effort to impeach him.

In the lawsuit, Bentley calls the impeachment process “fundamentally unfair” and asks a court to block the release of the report by the Judiciary Committee’s special counsel.

Online court records show the governor’s office filed the lawsuit moments before he spoke against the House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning.

Earlier this week, the state Ethics Commission found probable cause that the Republican governor broke state ethics and campaign finance laws, accusations Bentley denies.

Bentley has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce. Bentley has acknowledged making personal mistakes but maintained he did nothing illegal or to merit his removal from office.Read Gov. Bentley’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction


UPDATE (9 a.m.) –  Governor Robert Bentley has reiterated he does not plan to resign. Says he asked God to take his burdens, and says he has faith in God and the future. He also asked people not to continue shaming him for his personal life. He added that the ongoing political saga does not help create jobs. He apologized again to the people for his actions.

He still faces criminal charges, including four Class B felonies that he could face 2-20 years behind bars for. Earlier this week, the state Ethics Commission found probable cause that the Republican governor broke state ethics and campaign finance laws, accusations Bentley denies.

He also said he would forgive those who hurt him and asked for prayers.

Bentley has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce. Bentley has acknowledged making personal mistakes but maintained he did nothing illegal or to merit his removal from office.

ORIGINAL: Government Robert Bentley is scheduled to make an announcement at 8:30 on the steps of the capitol in Montgomery.

WKRG will have the latest on air and online as soon as we learn what the announcement entails.

With ongoing scandal and possible criminal charges, many are speculating that the governor may resign.

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