A conservative Christian, Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has served in the U.S. Senate since 2021 as the junior senator from Alabama. Previously, he was a successful college football coach at Auburn University in Alabama, the University of Mississippi, Texas Tech University, and the University of Cincinnati. After leaving Auburn in 2008, Tuberville co-founded the investment company TS Capital Management and TS Capital Partners with David Stroud. Investors sued the company for fraud in 2012, and the case was settled in 2013.
As he was running for the Senate in 2020, Tuberville’s campaign website promised that he would “investigate the investigators.” He also echoed Trump in calling the congressional probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election a “witch-hunt” and a “political stunt.” Tuberville defeated the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Doug Jones, by more than 20 points.
Insider’s “Conflicted Congress” project gave Tuberville a “Danger” rating and disclosed that although he violated the STOCK Act 132 times, he provided no evidence that he had paid any relevant fines. The publication estimates his violations as totaling nearly $900,000—“among the largest in Congress when measured by dollar value and number of associated stock trades.” Open Secrets also reported that Tuberville’s stock trading during talks related to the infrastructure bill raised conflict-of-interest concerns.
After the 2020 presidential election, Tuberville adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome. Even before being sworn in as a senator, he announced that he would object to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win of the presidency. He also voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special commission to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Tuberville participated in a Jan. 5 meeting at the Trump International Hotel with Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Charles Herbster (a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Nebraska) and Daniel Beck (an Idaho businessman who has reportedly endorsed violent sedition), among others, to plan how to put “maximum pressure” on Congress during the certification process the following day.
- Rudy Giuliani left a voice message for Tuberville on Sen. Mike Lee’s phone on Jan. 6 asking the senator to object to certifying the Electoral College results in 10 states.
- Tuberville says that he spoke to Trump from the Capitol around 2 pm on Jan. 6 and let him know that Vice President Pence had been evacuated just minutes before the mob stormed the Senate chamber. Approximately 20 minutes later the president sent a tweet attacking Pence and sparking renewed rage and chants of “Hang Mike Pence!” among the rioters still attacking the Capitol.
- That evening, just hours after the violent attack on the Capitol, Tuberville joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify the election of Biden as president.
- Tuberville voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the mob that attacked the Capitol. “After hearing the arguments presented,” he said in a prepared statement, “I voted to not convict for a number of reasons, including the fact that I don’t think the Senate has the authority to try a private citizen. There are no winners today. The American people lost.”
- Tuberville, like all but a handful of Republican senators, voted against establishing a special commission to investigate the violent attack on the Capitol. “I’d rather be fishing right now, or golfing,” he told reporters after the vote.
- In July 2022, Tuberville said he was unmoved by the testimony shared to date by the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. “There’s nothing, anything, that I’ve seen that would change my mind on anything that I’ve voted on,” he told an AP reporter.
The Big Lie
- On Nov. 5, just two days after the election, Tuberville did not take issue with his own electoral win, but the former football coach in tweeted: “The election results are out of control. It’s like the whistle has blown, the game is over, and the players have gone home, but the referees are suddenly adding touchdowns to the other team’s side of the scoreboard.”
- Tuberville spoke at rallies echoing Trump’s unfounded claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election.
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