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Ziegler speaks out on Governor Bentley's impeachment investigation

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Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler is asking Alabama lawmakers to speed up their impeachment investigation against Governor Robert Bentley. Ziegler says the process is taking too long and a lack of resolution is unfair to taxpayers.

Ziegler said, “The citizens of Alabama are weary of the Bentley problems. They want the air cleared on the Bentley administration soon. It is unfair to the taxpayers for their state government to have to operate under a cloud.”

Ziegler made those comments ahead of today’s meeting of the House Judiciary Committee. It is expected to consider proposed changes to committee rules as lawmakers pursue articles of impeachment.

One of the proposed rules would not allow Governor Bentley's attorneys to cross-examine witnesses. They could submit questions beforehand, which the chairman could decide to ask or not.

The committee has requested bank statements, travel records, and information about the firing of former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier. The Governor is being investigated for possible misuse of state funds following an alleged affair with former Senior Advisor Rebekah Mason.

Ziegler says he will be watching closely today to see if the committee moves forward with any testimony or if it only considers procedural issues. 

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