It Is becoming clear that Robert Bentley will not last the week as governor.

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.

Bentley has been under fire for the better part of the year but pressure over the last several days has mounted to untenable heights.

The Alabama Ethics Commission last week found reason to believe he committed four crimes, all of them felonies.

If he agrees to a deal it is thought he will have to plead to at least a misdemeanor.

Leaders of his party, along with the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House, have demanded he resign.

Yasamie August, the governor's spokeswoman, said: 

"The Governor is not personally involved in any negotiations."

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