Opinion | The politics of deflection, distraction

February 2, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

With everything going on in Washington, D.C., it’s difficult to predict the result of the midterm 2018 elections.

All indications are that Democrats will have a good year, perhaps even taking over the House of Representatives or the Senate or both.

Let’s learn our lesson, though. Predictions during this Donald Trump era are not certain. Few people thought so-called Republican Trump would defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Alabama leaders express support for Sessions

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

President Donald J. Trump (R) is increasingly preoccupied by the many investigations that are now centering around his 2016 election and allegations that the Trump campaign may have colluded with the Russian government to expose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secrets and tilt the election in his favor.  Trump’s anger is increasingly focused on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R).  Sessions, a former Alabama Senator, angered his boss by recusing himself from the Trump Russian collusion investigation after it was revealed that Sessions, while a prominent member of the Trump campaign, did have two meetings with the Russian ambassador.  The President disagrees and a growing number of sources believe that the embattled President is considering firing Sessions as AG.
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Alabama Republicans support Jeff Sessions

June 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding allegations that Donald J. Trump colluded with the Russian government to defeat Hillary R. Clinton (D) in the 2016 election. Most Alabama Republican leaders remain skeptical of the allegations and still support AG Jeff Sessions and President Trump.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement following US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an individual of the highest character and moral fiber. The public testimony he gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee today clearly proves this. He volunteered to testify openly so all of America could hear his truth.”
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Sewell and Strange divided over FBI Director Comey’s firing

May 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, US Representative Terri A. Sewell (D-Selma) commented on the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Congresswoman Sewell said, “For any American concerned about the integrity of our democracy, President Trump’s decision to fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia should set off an alarm.”

Vice President Mike Pence (R) said that President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, “was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the American people.”
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Nearly 2,000 lawyers ask for Jeff Sessions to be disbarred

March 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Almost 2,000 attorneys from across the US have signed on to a complaint addressed to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Committee asking that Attorney General Jeff Session be disbarred from the Alabama State Bar.

The complaint, filed by the Lawyers for Good Government, alleges that Sessions should be disbarred for violating professional conduct standards in the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct. The allegations stem from Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Senate confirmation for US Attorney General.

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Sessions Says Obama Will Scale Back Missile Defense if Reelected

March 30, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement following President Obama’s controversial comments to Russian President Medvedev that were accidentally captured by an open microphone at a public appearance of the two world leaders.

Senator Sessions said, “President Obama’s ‘hot mic’ comment to Russian President Medvedev reveals that he is sending one message to Russia about our nation’s defenses and a contradictory message to Congress and the American people. I have stated my concern for a long time that President Obama is insufficiently committed to missile defense, a concern heightened and validated by this unsettling incident.”
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Rep. Brooks Introduces Bill to Prevent Obama from Giving U.S. Missile Research To The Russians

March 14, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville has introduced a bill preventing the administration from sharing critical U.S. missile defense technology with the Russian Federation. The Protecting U.S. Missile Defense Information Act of 2012, H.R. 4125, was introduced by Rep. Brooks would prohibit the U.S. government from transferring classified missile defense technology information to the Russians in exchange for diplomatic favors or for other purposes.
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