7 Things: Mueller probe rattles on as protests pick up, loser Alabama Democratic candidates seek someone to blame, Trump moves to restrict asylum seekers’ options and more …
— While only a small number of members have said they won’t vote for Pelosi, others are being more guarded. Most expect her to easily win the post.
— The elected Democrats may break for Pelosi. More than half of the Democratic voters polled before the election want to see someone else leading the House of Representatives, while only one-third want to see her in charge.
6. Sen. Doug Jones supports CNN’s Jim Acosta and frames it as a constitutional right
— Jones responded to the White House pulling the press credentials of the controversial CNN reporter by declaring it a “freedom of the press” issue.
— In a tweet, Jones added, “In America, we should not only applaud the tough questions- but strive to answer them honestly… & ensure the press is able to keep power in check. Without exception”.
5. Congressman Bradley Byrne warns: “Get ready for crazy season from House Democrats”
— Byrne stated “crazy season” will involve Democrats having “all sorts of their own investigations.” He added, “They’ll plow the same ground over and over again.”
— Democrats have talked about the impeachment of the president, impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a two-year period of never-ending investigations.
4. The Department of Justice prepares to move forward with restrictions on asylum claims
— As the media took Trump to task for not talking about the caravan after the election, the DOJ announced that asylum seekers will be required to apply at a port of entry as opposed to declaring asylum anywhere they are caught entering.
— Another migrant caravan says they will not take asylum in Mexico and is now demanding buses take them to the United States.
3. After loser candidates attack the Alabama Democratic Party, others are gnashing their teeth — Nothing will change
— Failed candidates for Congress Mallory Hagan and Tabitha Isner have pointed out that the state party failed them. Former State Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb said the party lacks “decent party leadership” and State Rep. Chris England declared, “It seems like a lot of people somehow just realized during this election cycle that the Alabama Democratic Party is a dysfunctional mess the needs new leadership”.
— To show exactly how screwed the Alabama Democratic Party is, there were roughly 660,000 straight-ticket votes for the Republican Party and 450,000 for Democratic Party in an election where the Democratic candidate for governor only received 686,774 total votes.
2. Protests break out across Alabama because people who never wanted Jeff Sessions appointed saw him fired
— In spite of the fact that the current acting attorney general has no reason to recuse himself, it is one of the main demands of the protesters. They are also demanding that Congress “protect Mueller” and his investigation.
— As protests and belly-aching continue nationwide, reports indicate the investigation into Russian meddling appears to be wrapping up and the final report is being written as Trump’s team finishes their responses to the probe’s investigators.
— Although the investigation has gone on for 18 months and Trump repeatedly has said he will not cancel the investigation and called the whole thing a “hoax,” he wasn’t worried about the investigation.