House stops impeachment probe as AG investigates governor

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley walks to the Lee County Justice Center to testify in Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Wednesday, June 1, 2016  in Opelika, Ala.
Todd J.Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley walks to the Lee County Justice Center to testify in Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Opelika, Ala. Todd J.Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An impeachment investigation against Gov. Robert Bentley is being suspended at the request of the state attorney general who is conducting a separate investigation.

Attorney General Luther Strange sent a letter to the committee chairman saying that would be “prudent and beneficial” if the Judiciary Committee suspended its investigation, including active interviews, until the attorney general’s staff completes its probe.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones said in a statement that, “We are temporarily suspending activity at the attorney general’s request but we are not abdicating our responsibility.”

The governor is expected to issue a response later Thursday.

The press statement from the committee stated that Strange was conducting an “investigation of the governor.” Strange’s letter did not explicitly state that, but said that some issues intersected with the impeachment probe.

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