Committee suspends Gov. Bentley impeachment hearings at request of Alabama AG

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley sits on the witness stand during theAlabama Speaker Mike Hubbard trial on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Opelika, Ala.Todd J.Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News/Pool

The House Judiciary Committee leading an impeachment investigation into Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has suspended its hearings at the request of Attorney General Luther Strange, who's conducting an investigation of his own into the governor.

Committee chairman Rep. Mike Jones announced the decision Thursday.

"As I said at the first meeting on the Articles of Impeachment, this committee would work cooperatively with other investigating agencies and today's action testifies to that," Jones said. "We are temporarily suspending activity at the attorney general’s request but we are not abdicating our responsibility. Everything the committee has done remains in effect.”

According to a release, Strange wrote Jones a letter saying it would be "prudent and beneficial" for the judiciary committee to suspend all investigative activities until his staff completes its probe.

Jones said the committee will hold public hearings on the attorney general's findings when the investigation is complete.

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