Former Senator Jon Kyl will return to the United States Congress as John McCain’s successor reports CNBC, with Governor Doug Ducey scheduling a press conference for 1pm Tuesday to officially announce the replacement.
“It’s a great tribute to John that [Kyl] is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona,” added McCain’s wife.
Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s. It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 4, 2018
Kyl served alongside Sen. McCain for 18 years in the Senate before retiring in 2013.
Insiders close with the Governor’s office say Kyl has agreed to stay in the post “at least through the end of the year.”
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‘BAMA GOES BLUE: Democrat DOUG JONES Wins Alabama Special Election
Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore in Alabama’s highly-contested Senatorial special election on Tuesday; sending a liberal legislator to represent the Cotton State for the first time in over two decades.
Jones claimed victory with 99.9% of the vote reporting, clinging to a razor-thin margin of 49.9% to Moore’s 48.4%, saying “We have come so far and the people of Alabama have spoken.”
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
“Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been at crossroads in the past. And unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road,” he added.
President Trump congratulated Jones on social media late Tuesday evening, saying the GOP will have “another shot” at the Senate seat in a “very short period of time,” but added that a “win is a win” for the Democratic party.
“Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!” Trump tweeted.
All eyes now turn to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his push to pass tax reform legislation before the GOP majority shrinks by one vote when Jones is sworn into office.
BREAKING: GOP Senators DEMAND CRIMINAL Investigation into Trump Dossier
Two senior Republican Senators are publicly calling for a criminal investigation into the author behind the infamous Trump Dossier; demanding the Department of Justice launch a probe of former British spy Christopher Steele.
According to the Hill, Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham sent a scathing letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, urging the DOJ to open a criminal investigation of Steele and his role behind the creation of the debunked dossier.
“I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review,” said Grassley.
“After reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter,” added Graham.
The shady opposition firm Fusion GPS –who hired Steele to create the document- continues to refuse to cooperate with federal investigators.
Congressional leaders are struggling to determine with the phony dossier was used as a pretense by Obama officials to surveil members of the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
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