By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, December 9, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) on Wednesday issued a statement dismissing the US Department of Transportation’s announcement of an investigation into the closure of Alabama Driver License Offices as, “An ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue” and accused President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) of politicizing the situation.
Gov. Bentley said, “In an ongoing attempt to politicize a resolved issue, the United States Department of Justice informed my office Tuesday of an impending investigation by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) that is in its early stages and no findings have been made. Due to legislative budget cuts, in September 2015, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reallocated driver license examination personnel back to the district drivers license offices on a full time basis. Prior to this budget decision, these examiners, who are state employees, were traveling to each county level probate office or courthouse once or twice a week to provide the service of examination. I made the decision in October 2015 to ensure that an examiner report to each county level office at least once a month to continue providing this service.”