Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley testifies before grand jury

Prosecutor John Gibbs questions Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in the Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Opelika, Ala.(Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool)

Sources tell ABC 33/40 Governor Robert Bentley appeared before a special grand jury this week in Montgomery County.

State Court Judge Eugene Reece's order empaneled the special grand jury, at the request of the attorney general’s office. It reads that the court finds appropriate grounds to do so.

The state's request was signed by Matt Hart, Chief of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution's Division. It says the state is considering certain matters requiring investigation and submission to a grand jury. It says testimony will be extensive.

The nature of the probe is not known.

A spokeswoman in Bentley’s office says she cannot comment on grand jury proceedings.

The capitol scandal began when Bentley fired Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier. Bentley said he found a possible misuse of funds.

Collier denied misusing funds and claimed he was fired because he signed an affidavit saying the attorney general’s office did no wrongdoing in the case against former Speaker Mike Hubbard.

At that time, Collier also made claims about Bentley and his relationship with former senior advisor Rebekah Mason. After those developments, Representative Ed Henry (R- Hartselle) filed articles of impeachment against Bentley.

Because of the articles of impeachment, Alabama’s House Judiciary Committee is leading its own investigation into Bentley.

Members will meet Friday in Montgomery to discuss and approve hiring a special counsel. The investigation is expected to begin after the attorney is in place. This committee will eventually make a recommendation to the full house on whether Bentley should be impeached.

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