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Rep. Ed Henry to submit impeachment papers for Gov. Bentley



Alabama Representative Ed Henry says he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against Alabama Governor Robert Bentley at Tuesday's session in Montgomery.

In a news conference scheduled Tuesday Henry said, "The only way to address this issue is through the impeachment process."

Members of the media were given a copy of the impeachment papers. "The process starts today," said Henry.

Gov. Robert Bentley released the following statement via email regarding the threat of impeachment:

"For five years, I have faithfully served the people of Alabama. We have made great progress streamlining the way state government operates and have saved taxpayers more than $1 billion annually.

"There are no grounds for impeachment, and I will vigorously defend myself and my administration from this political attack. Today's press conference is nothing more than political grandstanding intended to grab headlines and take the focus away from the important issues the Legislature still has to address before the end of the session.

"There is a lot of work to do before I end my term in office in 2019. I have laid out a strategic plan for success, and I will continue to focus my efforts on making Alabama a great state. That is what the people of Alabama overwhelmingly elected and re-elected me to do. I will continue to work hard for them every day."

Several agencies are investigating Governor Bentley amid the news of an alleged affair with his former top political advisor Rebekah Mason. Mason has since resigned.