How Our Voices Are Making a Difference
- Well, here’s the biggie: Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to have broadened his Russia investigation to also now focus on Donald’s possible obstruction of justice in firing James Comey and alleged collusion with Russian meddling in our election. He is also investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings. Things are getting so hairy for Donald that even his lawyer hired a lawyer–for realz. Predictably, Donny is in a Twitter frenzy about all of it. Seems that an innocent man would be eager for a thorough investigation to prove his innocence beyond all doubt.
- The attorneys general of two states–DC and Maryland–have filed suit against Donald for a breach of his Constitutional oath against corruption, for accepting money from foreign governments in the form of patronage of the properties he has refused to divest himself of. This is a violation of the emoluments clause that you’ve heard about–and these lawsuits are the first formal legal action taken against Donald for his violation. Also last week, nearly 200 Democratic senators also signed on to a lawsuit against Donald for the same unconstitutional conflict of interest.
- Even Republican lawmakers are now joining the chorus of those asking for the White House to turn over the tapes Donald threatened James Comey with–if they actually exist.
- A partisan gerrymandering case in Wisconsin being heard by the Supreme Court could set the stage for dismantling unfairly gerrymandered districts in other states that disenfranchise minorities and democrats and offer one party–most often Republicans–an artificial (and potentially unconstitutional) voting advantage.
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s decided Monday to keep a freeze on Trump’s travel ban–this is the fourth time the travel ban has been smacked down as illegal/unconstitutional, and the second time it’s been upheld on appeal, and each time the judges cite Donald’s own words in his campaign speeches and tweets.
- In an increasingly unusual display of solidarity, the Senate voted almost unanimously (97 to 2) in favor of curtailing Donald’s ability to veto new sanctions against Russia for meddling in our 2016 elections–a measure necessary, unfortunately, because of the president’s track record of pandering to Putin at the expense of the country he purports to lead, and his refusal to accept the unanimous conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia did in fact interfere in our voting systems.
- In maybe one of the most amusing yet surreal pieces of legislation I’ve seen, the COVFEFE Act recently introduced by Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois (and yes, that is hilariously an acronym for Communication Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement) would call for all Donald’s tweets to be preserved as part of the presidential record–both from his POTUS and personal accounts. This would mean that he is accountable for anything he may tweet, including legally.
Call, fax, or text your MoCs. You can say:
Every new revelation of how the White House is trying to interfere with the Russia investigation–including Trump’s threats to fire Mueller and Rosenstein–make clear that we need a special independent commission to investigate free of influence from the people under investigation. If the current administration did collude with our greatest adversary to gain office, the American people deserve to know. If not, we deserve peace of mind so that trust in the administration can be restored. Either way, we need an investigation that does not answer to the White House. Will you publicly ask for an independent special commission to investigate free of political agenda or threat of reprisal?