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Mitch McConnell launches preemptive attack on Roy Moore’s Senate seat

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Mitch McConnell launches preemptive attack on Roy Moores Senate seat

Mitch McConnell really doesn’t want Roy Moore to be a Senator. He tenaciously opposed him in the primaries. Wild rumors have been floated that it was McConnell’s super PAC’s oppo research that led to the Washington Post article in a botched attempt to bump Moore out of the primaries. If this is the case, unlikely as it may be, then he was double crossed. WaPo waited to use the story until after Moore secured the nomination.

Regardless of how involved McConnell was in the hit piece, he’s not holding back shots anymore. The Senate Majority Leader declared that if Moore wins the December 12 special election in Alabama, the Senate would launch an immediate ethics probe. Such an investigation could force Moore to testify under oath and would likely be the precursor to an expulsion attempt. Under Article 1, Section 5 of the Constitution, a two-thirds vote is required within the Senate to expel a member.

“It would be a rather unusual beginning,” McConnell told The Wall Street Journal at a CEO Council event on Tuesday. “I’d like to save the seat, and it’s a heck of a dilemma when you’ve got a completely unacceptable candidate bearing the label of your party within a month of the election.”

McConnell’s play may have a beneficial ulterior motive for the GOP. If Moore wins, the seat is safely in the Republicans’ hands if Moore is expelled or forced to resign with Republican Alabama Governor Ivey as the person to pick his replacement. McConnell has even floated plugging in Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a write-in candidate. While any write-in candidate, even someone as popular in Alabama as Sessions, would have virtually no chance of winning if Moore stays in the race, it would make the “Sessions Gambit” more plausible with McConnell moving chess pieces around now.

Further Reading

McConnell: Moore will face Senate ethics probe if he wins election

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/360404-mcconnell-moore-will-face-senate-ethics-probe-if-he-wins-electionThe Senate last expelled a member in 1862. McConnell oversaw the Senate’s ethics panel when then-Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) resigned in 1995 amid sexual harassment allegations and under the threat of expulsion.

Senate Republicans are increasing their pressure for Moore to step down from the Alabama Senate race after a bombshell report in The Washington Post, in which a woman accused Moore of making sexual advances toward her when she was 14 and he was 32. On Monday, a fifth woman came forward, saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 16.

The Sessions Gambit: White House floats rumor of plan to replace Roy Moore

https://noqreport.com/2017/11/13/mitch-mcconnell-can-get-rid-roy-moore-still-keep-seat-gop/Adding fuel to this scenario is the White House who seems to already be planning out this gambit. According to the NY Times, two White House sources have floated the idea of replacing Moore with Jeff Sessions. It would kill two birds with one stone for the White House. First, the President has expressed varying degrees of unhappiness with his Attorney General, so moving him back where he came from could end the President’s problem without causing a stir. Second, such a scenario of replacing Moore would be viewed negatively by many who voted for him, particularly if either Luther Strange or Mo Brooks, Moore’s main competitors in the primary, was appointed. Sessions is extremely popular in Alabama, so if he’s the replacement, the repercussions from voters would be minimized.

Mitch McConnell publicly floats Jeff Sessions as write-in alternative to Roy Moore

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mitch-mcconnell-publicly-floats-jeff-sessions-as-write-in-alternative-to-roy-moore/article/2640675McConnell made the comments to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council while talking about who could mount a successful write-in campaign, like Sen. Lisa Murkowski did in Alaska in 2010. McConnell said she was popular in the state and was universally well-known, qualities that Sessions has in Alabama.

“The name being most often discussed may not be available, but the Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general,” McConnell said. “He’s totally well-known and is extremely popular in Alabama.”

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about food, politics, and cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

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  1. ed

    November 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I’m sure both Trump and McConnell would LOVE to move Sessions back to the Senate.
    Then Trump could assign a more “malleable” AG that would comply with Trump’s demands to fire Mueller, end investigations into Clinton activities and that would act as Trump’s “legal firewall” in the same way that Holder protected Obama.

    Make no mistake: Trump wants Sessions gone. Trump wants an AG that will do Trump’s bidding and shut down all investigations into Trump’s collusions with Russians, China, US Mafia or Democrats. Sessions has shown that he is NOT Trump’s lapdog and Trump is NOT happy. Nor is McConnell because it’s not implausible that Sessions has dirt on McConnell and knows where McConnell’s skeletons are buried. As AG, Sessions could take down McConnell if it came to open conflict. McConnell clearly wants Sessions back under his control.

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