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Mueller delivers his report

Brandon Moseley

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday. The report ends the lengthy investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Wiki-Leaks to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Numerous media reports claim that Mueller will not seek any additional indictments. On Saturday, Barr was at the Department of Justice reading the full report, which is reportedly over 500 pages long.

On Sunday, Barr told Congress that Mueller has not uncovered any evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere with the election..

“This sideshow is finally over,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, in a statement. “As I expected all along, there are no indictments or charges related to President Trump or his administration. The whole exercise was a waste of time and money. I just hope Democrats will now accept that they lost the 2016 election and let’s move on.”

Former Whitewater Independent Counsel Ken Starr told Fox News that there is no public evidence that we know of regarding collusion.

If the early media reports are true, then Trump will not be indicted, and neither will his son-in-law Jared Kushner nor any member of his family. It is too early to know if the president has been vindicated by the Mueller investigation or if Mueller simply did not have enough evidence to bring any indictments.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow appeared to be tearful on air announcing the news that Mueller is not expected to recommend additional indictments.

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Fellow MSNBC host Christopher Mathews angrily said, “How can they let Trump off the hook?”

Saturday, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan denounced the media for their “slanted coverage.”

“With the Mueller Report complete proving no Russian collusion involving the Trump campaign, it is now time to take a hard look at this entire dark chapter of our nation’s histor,” Lathan said. “The malfeasance of the national media has undermined their credibility. Their obvious slanted coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign and the first two years of the Trump Administration is simply ‘deplorable.’ No president, regardless of their political affiliation, should ever be subjected to such prejudicial accusations by the media in an attempt to destroy a presidency. To do so is an affront to the American people who make these decisions and to our nation’s democracy.”

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“Any national media outlet that participates in a mission of ‘seek and destroy’ to sink a president hurts themselves while using ‘freedom of the press’ as a tool to twist facts, perpetuate rumors and stack headlines,” Lathan said. “America rejects being spoken down to by the national media and DC elite. Trust is broken and needs to be repaired.”

Trump has publicly denounced Robert Mueller and the investigation, but he never fired Mueller and the lack of any indictment recommendations for obstruction of justice, would indicate that the White House did not interfere with the investigation, which cost the taxpayers over $30 million.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has said he will subpoena Robert Mueller.

Democrats are holding an emergency conference call on Saturday afternoon to determine how to proceed. Some Democrats had suggested that they would impeach the president. The failure of the Mueller report to recommend indicting the president makes that a much less likely possibility now.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York still has an open investigation into Trump, including investigations into the Trump inauguration committee, purported payoffs to porn star Stormy Daniels and the Trump Foundation. There are as many as a dozen federal investigations into matters associated with the Mueller investigation.

The House passed a resolution calling for the Mueller report to be made public.

Barr has said he wants to be as transparent as possible. Parts of the report could be classified for national security, and parts could be classified to protect sources that gave evidence on the condition of anonymity.

Barr could begin briefing members of Congress on the report as early as this weekend.

Mueller is a former director of the FBI. He was appointed as Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein days after Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey has since admitted to leaking material to the press in order to get a special counsel appointed to investigate the president. Rosenstein became in charge of the Russia investigation after then Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. Rosenstein resigned earlier this month after former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CBS News’s 60 Minutes that Rosenstein discussed removing Trump with him in 2017. Sessions eventually fired McCabe, and Trump fired Sessions in November.

Much of the evidence of misconduct by the president appears to be based on a special report commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and prepared by former British Intelligence agent Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS. The Steele Dossier was used by Comey and the FBI to get a FISA warrant to begin eavesdropping on the Trump campaign and Trump transition team.

The special counsel investigation has taken 675 days, during which time it has dominated mainstream media headlines. Thirty-seven people have been indicted or have pled guilty to various law violations, including lying to the Mueller investigation, but no one has been indicted or convicted of espionage, treason or for conspiring with Russian intelligence as the president’s critics have suggested.

Lathan is ready to move on.

“Now let’s keep making America great again,” Lathan said. “Celebrating Alabama’s new unemployment rate of 3.7 percent – the lowest ever recorded in our great state’s history.”

Byrne represents Alabama’s First Congressional District. Byrne is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Doug Jones.

Original reporting by Fox News, the Federalist Papers, MSNBC and the Washington Post contributed to this report.

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Doug Jones praises end of state Democratic Party lawsuit

Eddie Burkhalter

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U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Thursday applauded the end of a lawsuit over control of the state Democratic party. 

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Alabama Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Worley, which means that state Rep. Chris England, who was picked to lead the state Democratic party by a reform group championed by Jones, is the party’s chair. 

“This is a great day for Alabama and her Democratic Party. Throughout much of last year, countless Democrats in our state worked to create a more open and diverse state party, while recognizing and being true to the crucial and historic role held by African-American voters,” Jones said in a statement Thursday.

“The by-laws of the Alabama Democratic Party now reflect the growing diversity in our state — including representation for Hispanic voters, Native American voters, Asian voters, voters with disabilities and voters from the LGBTQ community. And most importantly, the Alabama Democratic Party has dramatically increased leadership opportunities for young voters. Around 70 new caucus members were added to the state party Executive Committee last year—many of them young people from diverse backgrounds throughout the state. I’m proud to continue to work alongside a more unified, diverse and inclusive state party. 

“With the dismissal of this lawsuit, it is time that all who have been involved in this challenge, resolution, and expansion of the Democratic Party come together for a common good. Our state benefits from the ideas and engagement of a competitive two-party system. We have now demonstrated that we have the ability to be inclusive within our own party while working to expand the number and experiences of people who play a role in moving it forward.  

“Chairman Chris England and First Vice Chair Patricia Todd have my complete support and I call on Democrats throughout the state to unite behind them as we move forward in modernizing, re-invigorating, and expanding the Alabama Democratic Party.,” Jones said.

 

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11th-hour smear campaign against Byrne linked to opponent Tuberville, sources say

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A story published February 24, on Gateway Pundit alleges, “Bradley Byrne kicked his brother’s widow off her land,” but the land was never owned by Byrne’s sister-in-law.

Whether the reporter at Gateway Pundit didn’t read all the court records or there were other motives, the erroneous accusations on the popular right-wing blog are now being used to smear Byrne in the final hours of a heated U.S. Senate race.

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Political consultants not tied to Byrne’s campaign say that operatives working for his rival, Tommy Tuberville, are promoting the story to damage Byrne. Random text messages are being sent to distribute the story as well as numerous calls to Alabama media outlets to report on the false claims. State political reporters have rejected the story due to its inaccuracies.

Several calls and voice messages to Tuberville’s campaign have gone unanswered.

The land in question was part of the estate of Byrne family matriarch, Elizabeth Patricia Langsdale Byrne.

In her original will signed July 23, 1996, Mrs. Byrne left her property in Baldwin County to her three children, Dale, Bradley and Patricia.

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However, on Feb. 25, 1999, she amended her will, removing her eldest son leaving the property to only Bradley and Patricia.

On Dec. 6, 2000, Mrs. Byrne again amended her will, leaving one-third to Bradley, one-third to Patricia and one-third as a “life estate” to Dale. According to the will, the life estate left to Dale would go back to Bradley and Patrica upon Dale’s death because a life estate means ownership of land is only for the duration of a person’s life.

Mrs. Byrne died in 2008; she was followed in death by her son Dale in 2014,  at which time the life estate bequeathed to him expired.

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Bradley, who his mother selected as executor of her estate, then filed the necessary paperwork with the Baldwin County probate office to address Dale’s death as stipulated in Mrs. Byrne’s will.

The Gateway Pundit story leaves out crucial details and in its interview with Dale’s fourth wife, Gloria, repeats claims she made that are not grounded in facts.

There is also a false claim that Byrne refused to leave the campaign trial when his brother died, but he did in fact cancel a scheduled event in the family’s time of morning.

The same reporter at Gateway Pundit wrote several stories praising Tuberville and trashing his other primary opponent, Jeff Sessions, calling him a skunk and a snake.

Court records clearly show Byrne acted in accordance with his mother’s wishes as they were detailed in her last will and testament.

 

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Atlanta Mayor to campaign for Biden in Alabama

Brandon Moseley

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Thursday, the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden (D) announced that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will travel to Tennessee and Alabama to campaign on behalf of Joe Biden.

On Friday, Mayor Bottoms will travel to Tennessee, where she will host a Women for Biden event with State Senator Brenda Gilmore, moderate a health care roundtable, and host a meet and greet with State Representative Harold Love in Nashville. She was supposed to have hosted a GOTV kickoff event with Mayor Lee Harris and State Senator Raumesh Akbari in Memphis, Tennessee; but that event has been reportedly cancelled.

On Saturday, Mayor Bottoms will travel to Alabama, where she will host community events in Huntsville and Birmingham before speaking at the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors.

Biden has promised that his campaign will carry South Carolina, where he is leading in the polls. Biden hopes that he can win several southern states, including Alabama, on Super Tuesday to emerge as one of the leaders in the race for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

The Huntsville community Event with Keisha Lance Bottoms in Huntsville will be 9:30 a.m. at the Huntsville Country Club 2601 Oakwood Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35810. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

The Birmingham community Event with Keisha Lance Bottoms is somewhere in Birmingham at 12 noon; but the Biden campaign has not given us a location. We will update this story once the details are available.

UPDATED at 10:27 a.m. 2/28 The Biden event will be at Iron City Grill 2208 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL.

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Mayor Bottoms will address the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors in Selma at 3:00 p.m. pm Saturday. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. C.S.T. at Browns Chapel A.M.E., 410 Martin Luther King Street, Selma, AL, 36703.

Biden has been endorsed by both Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-Selma) and U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama).

Biden is the favorite to win both the South Carolina and Alabama Democratic Primaries. Biden however is trailing in most of the Super Tuesday states to frontrunner U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Sanders carried 47 percent of the vote in the recent Nevada Caucus. Sanders won the New Hampshire primary and won the most votes in the Iowa Caucus; though South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won the most number of Caucuses, and thus the most delegates in Iowa.

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Biden was the early front runner in the polls; but has been hurt by Republican charges of nepotism benefitting his son, Hunter Biden, while he was Vice President from 2009 to 2017.

The Alabama Democratic Conference has endorsed former New York City Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a late entry into the race, thus was not even on the ballot in Iowa, Nevada, or New Hampshire and won’t be on the ballot in South Carolina either. Bloomberg has spent over $350 million of his own money to buy TV and media ads. Bloomberg is a billionaire with a fortune estimated to be worth over $66 billion.

Moderate Democrats like James Carville have expressed fears that the Democratic Party will suffer tremendous losses in November if Sanders, a self-declared Socialist, wins the nomination.

The Alabama Democratic presidential primary will be on Tuesday.

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Bloomberg making final Alabama push

Josh Moon

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The Michael Bloomberg campaign is making Alabama one of its top Super Tuesday priorities — hoping that state Democratic voters will help catapult the former New York City mayor into the running for the party’s presidential nomination. 

Bloomberg has already spent more time in Alabama than most of the other candidates — including kicking off his presidential run by qualifying first on the Alabama ballot and speaking at an Alabama Democratic Conference meeting — and has flooded the state with workers and cash, buying advertising spots and building infrastructure the likes of which Alabama has rarely seen. 

With the primary less than a week away now, Bloomberg’s campaign is making a last push. 

That will be highlighted by the former mayor’s visit to the state over the weekend and a number of surrogates making their way around Alabama throughout the coming days. 

That starts in earnest on Thursday, when former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, one of the first mayors to endorse Bloomberg, travels to Miles College for a “community conversation” with students and others. 

The visit to a historically black college is no coincidence, as Bloomberg’s campaign looks to regain the support of black voters after his history as NYC mayor drew major fire from his Democratic primary opponents. Having the endorsement of the ADC, the state’s black caucus, will certainly help, but former Vice President Joe Biden maintains strong support among black voters and moderates in Alabama.  

Nutter will be joined at Miles by former Birmingham Mayor William Bell, who also has announced his support for Bloomberg. 

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Following the event at Miles, Nutter will travel to the Alabama State House in Montgomery for a meeting with the Alabama Baptist Association Leadership and then on to Selma, where he’ll attend a reception for the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors.

 

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