Lawyers for Bentley seek input ahead of impeachment probe

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for Gov. Robert Bentley are seeking the right to cross-examine witnesses as a legislative committee begins an impeachment probe.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first meeting Wednesday as it investigates if there are grounds to impeach the governor. Members will discuss how to proceed in the coming months.

Bentley's attorneys in a letter to the committee's chairman asked to be able to cross-examine witnesses. They also argued acts in a prior term cannot be grounds for impeachment.

Twenty-three House members in April signed impeachment articles accusing Bentley of willful neglect of duty and corruption in office.

Bentley's lawyers asked lawmakers to provide specifics on the accusations. The lawyers, in another letter, said three committee members who signed the articles are not impartial and should recuse.