Republican Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is taking heat after bombshell phone call recordings released this week show that he lied to a state congressman about the casino gambling industry manufacturing rumors about him having an affair.
AL.com reports that Alabama State Rep. Allen Farley recorded a phone conversation that he had with Bentley last year in which Bentley falsely assured him that rumors about him having an affair with one of his staffers were false.
Bentley also said that his wife had filed for divorce against him only because he'd been spending too much time working, and he insisted that the casino gambling industry was behind the rumors about his extramarital activities because they wanted to block his tax proposals.
"Casino gambling people are feeding this story," Bentley told Farley in the recordings, which were first posted at YellowHammer News. "These guys, let me tell you what they’re most concerned about. They’re most concerned about a lottery and me signing a compact with the [Poarch Band of Creek] Indians. That’s what they’re concerned about… That is the loaded gun right there. And they will do anything because these guys are poised to make hundreds of millions of dollars."
It turned out, however, that Bentley was having an affair and he told Farley the story about the casino industry lying about him so that Farley wouldn't ask Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to investigate Bentley's activities.
The Alabama House Judiciary Committee is currently conducting impeachment proceedings against Bentley, and these newly released recordings aren't likely to help his case.
Check out audio of the recording below.