7 Things: Trump will not be indicted, Rep. Patricia Todd faces blowback for her reckless claims, Mayor Tommy Battle tries to stay above the fray, and more …
— Rudy Giuliani has relayed a conversation that he had with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, it appears that even IF they find wrongdoing they will not be indicting a sitting president of the United States.
— The options that remain include writing a report about the president’s behavior for an impeachment or he could declare Trump an unindicted co-conspirator, both better than an actual indictment.
2. LGBTQ group is not happy that Rep. Patricia Todd “outed” the governor
— Equality Alabama says, “Outing someone without their permission or against their will is an act of violence.” Todd referred to herself as the “head Queer” and said she was tired of “hypocrites.”
— Another group, one who hired State Rep. Patricia Todd, could fire her Friday.
— Gov. Ivey strongly denied she is gay in a TV interview.
3. Most candidates for governor stay quiet on Scott Dawson and Former State Rep. Patricia Todd’s mess
— Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle attempted to stay above the fray, saying, “Running for political office should be about listening to people, about discussing the issues and challenges that face our state, and then determine the best way to take on those challenges and solve those challenges.”
— Alabama Democrats generally stay silent during the controversy, media doesn’t really ask much of them… ever.
4. Trump called animals “animals” and the American media comes out to defend a violent street gang
— During a round-table discussion with California sheriffs on Wednesday, Trump referred to MS-13 as “animals” after a sheriff mentioned them.
5. Much discussed Trump Tower meeting’s collusion narrative seems like a stretch
— The Russians involved promised some information about illegal Clinton behavior, but couldn’t deliver it, that’s it.
— The only potential problem in this meeting is the fact that Don Trump Jr. doesn’t remember who he called at a blocked number before and after this meeting.
6. Trump’s finances are disclosed, they FINALLY confirm that he paid Stormy Daniels off through personal attorney Michael Cohen
— In a never ending saga of pointless lies, Trump’s latest financial disclosure ensures a final conclusion: Trump paid off Stormy Daniels, he knew it, and he lied.
— The Office of Government Ethics told the Justice Department that they believe “the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported as a liability”, this is not a ” a finding of wrongdoing.”
7. The boring parts of government go on, Sen. Rand Paul is pushing for a major budget vote
— A Senate vote on balancing the budget takes place today, it has little chance of passing, but Paul wants to make it a “litmus test for Republicans who claim to be conservative, but are only too happy to grow the federal government and increase our debt.”
— The plan would cut $400 billion next year and control spending increases until a balanced budget is achieved in 2023.