Take Action: April 24, 2017 Investigate WH ties to Russia and Russian interference
More needs to be done to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election. This article reminds us of why this is important: “A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.”
Given the fiasco on the House Intel probe, the Senate Intelligence Committee was supposed to be the credible investigation. However, there are reasons to worry. There is not a single staffer dedicated to it full time. None of the staffers working on it have investigative backgrounds. Although they launched their work 3 months ago, they have not even started looking at Trump’s ties to Russia yet, and there have not yet been any interviews with figures in the Trump orbit (ie Flynn, Stone, Page, Manafort, Kushner). At this rate, their probe will take years. Finally, Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice (DOJ), has announced she will leave the DOJ in May.
ACTION: Let your MoCs know, yet again, that a special prosecutor and an independent investigation are the only ways for us to know the truth. And now. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m calling to ask [Rep/Sen____] to demand that the Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the president, his ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election. [OPTIONAL] I’m very disturbed to hear that the Senate’s investigation hasn’t assigned any full-time staff and hasn’t even begun to review the President’s ties to Russia. Also, I’m very concerned about Mary McCord’s departure from the DOJ. How can we trust the investigation if no neutral people are left in the DOJ? Thanks. I greatly appreciate your time.
GOOD NEWS (though it might not be enough): The House Intelligence Committee has invited several current and former senior Obama administration officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. Let’s let the Committee know that we think this is a step forward and that we will be watching them: Majority members and minority members.