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Committee hiring special counsel to lead probe into Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

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)

A committee probing the possible impeachment of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is hiring special counsel to lead the investigation.

The House Judiciary Committee will meet Friday to discuss and approve the appointment.

The committee is looking into whether there are grounds to impeach the Republican governor in the wake of a sex-tinged scandal involving a former top aide.

This will be the committee's second meeting. Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones, a Republican from Andalusia, said last month that the investigation could not begin in earnest until a special counsel was selected.

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

The committee will eventually make a recommendation to the full House on whether Bentley should be impeached.

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