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Several sources in Alabama are reporting that Robert Bentley will be stepping down as governor this week.

According to AL.com, Bentley was booked into Montgomery County Jail with a $300 bond.

Jail records shows that Bentley has been booked on two misdemeanor charges that arose from the investigation of alleged affair with a top aide.

Bentley spent Sunday “negotiating terms of a resignation with state lawmakers and law enforcement,” according to the Alabama Political Reporter.


Bentley, 74, has battled to outlast a scandal involving recordings that surfaced in 2016 of him making sexually explicit comments to his former aide.

Bentley’s wife of 50 years, Dianne, divorced him in 2015.

Citing multiple unnamed sources, WHNT reported that Bentley will resign Monday.

Last week, the Alabama Ethics Commission said they had found reason to believe he committed four crimes, all of them felonies, in his attempt to cover up the relationship with aide Rebekah Mason.

“Gov. Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks intended to protect his reputation,” Sharman wrote in a report released Friday.

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According to the Alabama Reporter article, talk of Bentley’s resignation began on Friday with legislators set to begin impeachment hearings Monday.

The Alabama Republican Party on Sunday called for Bentley to step down.

Al.com columnist John Archibald wrote on Monday that, “Sources in Montgomery say his lawyers have been involved in negotiations to step down from the governorship and plead to lesser charges, allowing Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to step up as governor. Sources believe he will resign the governorship by Wednesday.”

Archibald added, “It is possible that Bentley, who has changed his mind often during his term, could change his mind.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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