Yesterday Trump fired James Comey, the FBI Director who was investigating Russian involvement in our election and whether members of Trump’s team have colluded with Russia. As President, Trump has the authority to replace Comey—and he’ll likely do so with one of his most loyal supporters. In the days, weeks, and months to come, Trump will likely use Comey’s ouster and replacement to derail the FBI investigation. With the integrity of our democracy at stake, we encourage MWEG members and their friends and family to unite behind several ACTIONS (more info and call scripts below the action items):
Our reps may say that we should wait for the Congressional committees to complete their work, but both have been compromised or ineffective. We must demand more.
More background information: Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Trump fired the FBI Director, James Comey, removing the person responsible for an investigation into whether members of Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year’s election. Comey has been privileged to classified information in this investigation; his dismissal will slow down the process.
CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin “branded the move a ‘grotesque abuse of power by the President of the United States…. This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies,’ Toobin said, referring to the fact that Comey was dismissed while leading an investigation that ‘reaches near’ the President. ‘We do not fire FBI directors when they are closing in on the White House…. This is not something that is within the American political tradition,’ Toobin said, comparing the sacking of Comey to President Richard Nixon’s firing of special prospector Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,’ Toobin said though added that Trump did have the legal authority to fire an FBI director.”
Below is a possible script, or see 5Calls for more information and a call script.
Hello, my name is ___ and I’m calling from [zip code] to insist that [MoC] push for a special prosecutor and an independent investigation to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and any possible conflicts of interest. Trump’s firing of Director Comey was an alarming partisan act, and reinforces the urgent need for non-partisan investigations. I call upon [MoC] to publicly and courageously support this action NOW.