Take Action: June 9, 2017 Truth or Trump

It is possible that the President of the United States obstructed justice. According to James Comey’s testimony, the President of the United States asked Comey – then our nation’s chief law enforcement officer – for his personal loyalty and to drop the criminal investigation into a close advisor. Moreover, the AP reports that “Trump’s White House and its allies are crafting a strategy aimed at undermining Comey’s credibility.”  The President is not above the law (though he may think he is), but our Senators and Representatives must hold him accountable.

The following suggestions come from Indivisible, where you can find more information:

For Your House Representative:

Sadly, the GOP leadership is refusing to even allow legislation establishing an independent investigation into Russian interference to come to a vote. The Swalwell-Cummings bill, called the Protecting our Democracy Act (HR 356), would establish an independent, 9/11-style commission to investigate Russian interference. On May 17, a bipartisan group of representatives filed a motion called a “discharge petition” that would force a vote on the Protecting our Democracy Act—but only if enough Representatives sign on in support. Right now, not every Democrat has signed the petition, and only one Republican has. If you feel this is unacceptable, call your MoC TODAY and make sure that they’ve signed on to the Swalwell-Cummings discharge petition.

For Senators:

The country is facing a constitutional crisis, but Senators are acting like the problem has already been solved. Call on your Senator to support an independent commission, so that we can make sure we truly get the facts on this issue. Senator Ben Cardin’s bill, S.27, would establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election, and currently has 26 Democratic co-sponsors. If your Senator is not already co-sponsoring S. 27 (see list), call TODAY and ask him/her to co-sponsor. This is not a time for partisanship—Senators need to know that you are counting on them to do more to stand up for our democracy.

Possible Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_. I’m really concerned about the state of our democracy right now. The news about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia gets worse every day, and now it looks like Trump may have engaged in obstruction of justice by firing Comey. The Department of Justice has appointed a special counsel to lead the investigation into Russia’s interference in our election, but that is not enough. We need an independent, bipartisan commission to protect our democracy, to get a full and more transparent airing of the facts, and to prevent future election interference.  Does _NAME_ plan to support S.27/H.R.356?

[For Republican House Members] There is a “discharge petition” that would force a vote on the Protecting our Democracy Act (H.R.356), a bill that would establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference. I know you also believe in protecting our democracy—this should not be a partisan issue. Will you sign on to the discharge petition?

[For Senators] Senator Cardin has a bill, S.27, that would establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election. Will you commit to co-sponsoring this bill today?

[For Republican Senators] Only Democratic Senators have signed on to Ben Cardin’s bill so far. This is not a time for partisanship— we are counting on you to put country over party and stand up for our democracy. Will you commit to co-sponsoring this bill today?