There are no grounds for impeachment, and I will vigorously defend myself and my administration from this political attack. – Henry Proceeds With Impeachment Bentley Fights Back
Henry Proceeds With Impeachment Bentley Fights Back
ED HENRY PROCEEDS ON WITH IMPEACHMENT PROCESS; ROBERT BENTLEY STATES ‘NO GROUNDS’ FOR IMPEACHMENT & WILL ‘VIGOROUSLY DEFEND’ HIMSELF FROM POLITICAL ATTACK
It is expected that a formal resolution on impeachment could make a public appearance as early as April 12th during that day’s legislative session.
Henry summarized his position with this quote:
“This is a great embarrassment for the State of Alabama. The Governor has said he loves the people of Alabama. If he cares about the people, he will step down and take this burden off of us. If not, we will begin the impeachment process. “
Meanwhile, down the street Alabama Governor Robert Bentley was prepared with a full response to Henry’s impeachment initiative.
The Governor provided this written statement in regards to the cloud of impeachment hanging over him:
“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.”
The process of impeachment has been attempted only once – over a century ago in 1915 – with the then Alabama Secretary of State as the target.
As a state, Alabama does not have an official gubernatorial recall process. The constitutional procedure for impeachment is at best loosely defined.
Representative Henry believes an impeachment process is the only course of action by which the people of Alabama can address the situation involving Governor Bentley’s recent challenges.
Should Robert Bentley resign, be impeached, or otherwise be permanently absent from office, Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey would be next inline to succeed to the governorship.