What’s going on in Alabama? In the past year, the state has removed its governor, top legislator and top judge. That basically wraps up all three branches of American government in a giant web of corruption. If Alabama were a country, the UN would be sending peacekeepers.
A new blockbuster report by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) claims that Attorney General Sessions might end up embroiled in the ongoing mess. He may be forced to recuse himself from another investigation.
This case gets at the heart of public corruption in Alabama,” Robert Posey, the Acting US Attorney in Birmingham, said in June when accepting the state lawmaker’s admission of wrongdoing. “Well-funded special interests offer irresistible inducements to public officials. In exchange, the officials represent the interests of those who pay rather than the interests of those who vote. Here a public official betrayed his community to advocate for those who polluted their neighborhoods.”
Former Senator Jeff Sessions’s handpicked successor, Sen. Luther Strange, is now running to keep the seat he was appointed to in the midst of all the scandals (in summary, it comes down to sex, money, bribes and favors, not necessarily in that order).
Also, the county prosecutor currently investigating the many-pronged scandals. nominated for U.S. Attorney and recommended by Sessions, could have his nomination end up in jeopardy.
The federal bribery investigation is currently headed by an Acting US Attorney who will be replaced if and when President Trump’s nominee for the position receives Senate confirmation.
Taken together, the tangle of financial and political ties involving Sessions, Strange and Town on one side, and the firms and individuals reportedly under investigation in the bribery scandal on the other, create a rat’s nest of conflicted interests.
It’s a mess, and although Washington politics has thus far remained aloof from Alabama’s henhouse of perdition, this story is about to blow up to the national level.