7 Things: Very little new info in Senate report on Russian interference, more confusion in the Riverchase Galleria story, Doug Jones is delusional about his win and more …
7. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) may be the only person who can help Alabama keep its seven Congressional seats
— As Shelby is involved in negotiations for the next budget deal that could include parts of President Donald Trump’s border wall, Democrats are attempting to include language that will remove a census question that they fear will suppress illegal immigrant participation and hurt pro-illegal states.
— Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-5) and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall are still involved in a lawsuit to not count illegal citizen in congressional reapportionment and the allocation of federal funding, but the Trump administration is fighting them on that matter.
— The media has attempted to make the death of a seven-year-old girl who was dragged across a desert and a deathly-ill two-year-old not being able to see her mother about major policy matters when they are really outliers to those issues.
— The ruling striking down Obamacare as unconstitutional was met with cries of activism. Just months after the president was scolded by Chief Justice John Roberts, the media and Democrats for stating the obvious fact that there are partisan judges.
— In his second appearance this month, Comey appeared in a closed committee hearing and left Republicans unhappy about the handling of the Steele Dossier and Comey’s handling of the Flynn investigation.
— Speaking to reporters, Comey continued to show his partisan streak, in spite of his branding. He said, “At some point, someone has to stand up and in the face of fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into retirement, but stand up and speak the truth.”
— On the eve of Flynn’s sentencing for lying to FBI agents, one of the two men indicted was a former business partner of Flynn, signifying that the help Flynn was giving Mueller’s team was not related to Russian collusion, but instead, part of a failed plot to extradite a Turkish cleric living in the U.S.
— When Mueller released part of the information from Flynn’s interview, it becomes more clear that they believed Flynn lied under oath when he denied talking to a Russian ambassador about not escalating a sanction battle during Russia’s response to the Obama administration leveling sanctions against the Kremlin for interfering in the 2016 election.
3. U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) ridiculously says he doesn’t think the non-stop attacks on Roy Moore from the national media “helped” him in his victory
— Jones wasn’t the only delusional Democrat interviewed by AL.com. Democratic media strategist Joe Trippi said, “We felt we could win this without hoping some shoe would drop that would help us make this. The opposite turned out. When the shoe dropped on Roy Moore, it actually moved people to him and not away from him. They came back.”
— Jones’ opponent accurately responded by calling Jones’ statement “absolutely ridiculous.” Possible future opponent Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) stated, “I think it had a major impact on the campaign. There is no question it did. The way it played out in the national news media … Alabama got a black eye we did not deserve.”
— Last Thursday, AG Steve Marshall took over the investigation surrounding the Thanksgiving night shootings that ended with the police killing one, injuring two and ended in the arrest of a shooter who allegedly started the whole thing.
— Marshall cited a clear conflict of interest. Protest organizer Carlos Chaverst, Jr. attempted to claim he was a friend of Marshall’s and lied to back that claim up. Bradford’s family declared through a lawyer that they want a black public servant on the case for racial reasons, explaining, “The election of black public servants, like Danny Carr, is a clear statement by Alabama voters that they intend to correct the darkest patterns of injustice that are woven throughout Alabama’s history and ensure that all citizens are fairly represented, regardless of the color of their skin.”
—A new report for the Senate showed that 126 million people on Facebook and 20 million on Instagram were reached by Russians and their misinformation campaign with posts, images and an additional 1,000 YouTube videos.
— This is further evidence that this was a Russian disinformation campaign that worked to both sow discontent and help elect Trump.