AG’s investigation of Bentley administration, Mason still active

November 8, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into former Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration isn’t over yet.

During a hearing on Monday in the wrongful termination suit filed by former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary, Spencer Collier, attorneys for parties on both sides mentioned that some collection of discovery materials – particularly those involving Bentley’s former top aide, Rebekah Mason – had been delayed by an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Sewell says Congress must hear from Manafort, Gates and Papadopoalos

November 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, it was announced that former Trump 2016 Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, had both been indicted by charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller also announced that former Trump Campaign Foreign Policy Adviser George Papadopoulos had accepted a guilty plea.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, said that all three men should have to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member.

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Why was Rep. Bradley Byrne at ASU?

October 19, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

There was a rare sighting Wednesday on the Alabama State University campus: a white Republican.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne stopped by the campus for a quick tour and to check in with his old Alabama Senate colleague, Quinton Ross, ASU’s new president.

But the visit wasn’t simply a friendly calling. Byrne is co-chair of the House’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus – a group tasked with making recommendations to the White House on how to meet HBCUs’ needs in the coming years.

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Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Balch & Bingham under siege on website

September 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Highly skilled research featured on banbalch.com takes aim at Birmingham-based law firm, Balch & Bingham. Material meticulously crafted into a damning narrative chronicles some of the firms most questioned activities, including the Oliver Robinson bribery scandal and alleged subcontract problems in Mississippi.

“Balch & Bingham is currently under scrutiny in two federal probes: the Robinson Bribery Scandal; the other involves questionable subcontracts in Mississippi in relationship to the clean-up of the BP oil spill that happened in 2010,” according to the website.

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Attorney general candidate calls for Strange investigation days before runoff

September 25, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General Candidate Sam McLure called for an investigation into U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., again just days before the Republican Runoff.

Specifically, McLure called on current Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to investigate Strange “before it’s too late.”

“Why hasn’t the top been blown off this by our newly-appointed Attorney General, Steve Marshall?” McLure said in a press release. “It takes no courage to prosecute an elected official after he’s lost the election; and Lord willing, Luther Strange will lose.”

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Zeigler asks Trump to switch Senate endorsement to Roy Moore

September 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler sent a request to President Donald Trump asking the president to switch his endorsement in Alabama’s U.S. Senate Republican runoff from Luther Strange to Judge Roy Moore.

Trump endorsed the appointed U.S. Sen. Strange in the August 15 GOP primary, but Strange finished second to former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Moore by six percentage points.

The two meet in a Sept. 26, 2017, runoff for the Republican Senate nomination.

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Lindsey Graham threatens “there will be Holy Hell” if Trump fires Sessions

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Associated Press that he will continue to serve as Attorney General as long as President Trump wants him to.

AG Sessions told the AP in El Salvador that Trump has every right to find another Attorney General.  Sessions said, “I serve at the pleasure of the President. I’ve understood that from the day I took the job.”
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Brinson critical of Brooks’ call to give nomination to Sessions

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Congressman and US Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) called on all of the candidates to drop out of the race if former Senator Jeff Sessions (R) were to resign or be fired from his current job as US Attorney General.  Rep. Brooks said that he would drop out of the race if everybody else did,

Republican US Senate Candidate Dr. Randy Brinson was critical of Brooks’ offer.
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Doug Jones says Sessions did the right thing

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 20, 2017, Democratic candidate for US Senate Doug Jones said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) did the right thing and the President was wrong; in his criticism of both the person and the office.

Former US Attorney and Democratic US Senate Candidate Doug Jones calls on all candidates to put Country over Party.  Following President Donald Trump’s statements criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation, Jones said in a statement, “As a former US Attorney and Prosecutor, I know how important it is to put politics aside and do the right thing no matter the consequences. While I did not support the appointment of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, and continue to disagree with his actions on many issues, Jeff Sessions did the right thing both ethically and legally when he recused himself from the investigation in to Russians actions.”
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