Daily Call To Action: April 27th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: April 27th, 2017

The Call – #NoTaxReturnNoTaxReform

Urge members of Congress to demand President Trump’s tax returns be released before there is any serious consideration of his tax reform proposals. While Democrats (and a few Republicans) have repeatedly called for Trump to release his taxes, the Republican-controlled Congress has so far rejected all attempts to obtain Trump’s taxes. A majority of Americans want Trump to release his taxes and his refusal (after saying he would if he ran for president) is strong evidence he is hiding something important. Key democrats are rightfully insisting tax reform legislation should not go forward until Trump’s returns are produced and the public can see how his proposals would affect him and his businesses. In announcing the tax reform proposals on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said Trump would not release his tax returns. From the sketchy information we have on Trump’s taxes and financial affairs, it appears that the tax reform proposal would provide significant benefit to him and his businesses. A lack of transparency is often linked to corruption. Without Trump’s tax returns, the tax reform proposals have an appearance of possible corruption. We have a right to transparency in knowing how the President’s tax reform proposals would affect him personally.

Your Action

Call your three members of Congress and ask them to insist on disclosure of President Trump’s tax returns before any tax reform is passed.

Script

Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].

I’m calling to ask [Rep/Sen____] to require disclosure of President Trump’s tax returns before any tax reform is passed. We have a right to know how the President’s tax reform proposals would affect his businesses and him personally.

[OPTIONAL] Under a more transparent administration, I wouldn’t bother calling about this. But given the President’s conflicts with Mar-A-Lago, his unwillingness to divest from his business & nepotistic hires of Ivanka & Jared, I feel we need to consider his motives in approaching tax reform.

Thanks for taking my call!

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Daily Call To Action: April 26th, 2017

The Call – No Military Action without Congressional approval

Article I of the Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Congress authorized President Bush to take military action against any entity that committed or aided the attacks, or harbored perpetrators, in order to prevent future attacks (the 2001 AUMF). All use of US military force since then, including President Trump’s Syrian missile strike, have relied on the 2001 AUMF. By any measure, the 2001 AUMF has been stretched far beyond its original intent and there is disagreement as to whether President Trump’s missile attack on the Syrian air base was legal. The escalation of potential military action on a far more catastrophic, possibly nuclear level, is now being threatened in North Korea. At his news conference in Seoul, South Korea, Vice-President Pence warned North Korea that “all options are on the table.” He cited the bombings in Syria and the MOAB in Afghanistan as proof of American “strength and resolve.” Allies in the region are concerned and Japan recently issued evacuation and missile attack guidance to its population fearing retaliation by North Korea following US military action. Additionally, all senators have been called to an unusual White House meeting today regarding North Korea. At a press conference this week, Sean Spicer said that Trump does not believe he needs Congressional approval for military action against North Korea. With an unpredictable and ill-informed president risking nuclear attack or retaliation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.
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Daily Call to Action: April 25th, 2017

The Call – #SpecialProsecutor

Urge members of Congress to demand that the Attorney General appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, any collusion or contacts with the Trump campaign, and Trump’s political and financial connections to Russia. In a disturbing new development, it has come to light that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation is in a “woeful state,” and hasn’t even begun to look into the President’s ties to Russia or a assign a single staffer with prosecutorial or investigative backgrounds to the case. The Committee has conducted no interviews with key Trump campaign connections and is working with “casual informality.” Tim Mak, who broke the story with the Daily Beast, wrote a fantastic summary thread on Twitter. While Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), the Ranking Member of the Committee, said yesterday that two new (part-time) staffers are being added, previous national security investigations have had much more staffing. In another equally disturbing development, Mary McCord, the woman leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, announced she is leaving the Justice Department. In that role, she oversaw the FBI investigation and was responsible for obtaining FISA warrants, subpoenas and developing cases to prosecute based on the FBI evidence. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation after lying to Congress about his own campaign contacts with the Russian ambassador. Trump was reportedly furious that Sessions recused himself. This turn of events raises serious issues as to whether Sessions is indirectly trying to cripple the investigation even as there is a growing body of evidence of Trump campaign associate contacts with Russian government and intelligence officials. Sessions’ motive to hamper the investigation by replacing the senior career lawyer in charge with a Trump loyalist is especially strong since the FBI is investigating his own contacts with the Russian officials. Moreover, a major New York Times story on Comey’s pre-election decision to publicly re-open the Clinton email investigation and say nothing publicly about the investigation of the Trump campaign ties to Russia raises fundamental question about whether politics is playing a role in the investigation. Given the lack of seriousness in the Senate’s investigation and the legitimate fear that the Trump administration will try to derail the DOJ/FBI investigation, along with fundamental questions about whether the FBI investigation is tainted by politics, it is imperative that a special prosecutor be appointed. Americans deserve a thorough investigation they can trust and we may not get it unless we demand it.
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Daily Call To Action: April 24th, 2017

The Call – #SpecialProsecutor

Urge members of Congress to demand that the Attorney General appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, any collusion or contacts with the Trump campaign, and Trump’s political and financial connections to Russia. In a disturbing new development, it has come to light that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation is in a “woeful state,” and hasn’t even begun to look into the President’s ties to Russia or a assign a single staffer with prosecutorial or investigative backgrounds to the case. The Committee has conducted no interviews with key Trump campaign connections and is working with “casual informality.” Tim Mak, who broke the story with the Daily Beast, wrote a fantastic summary thread on Twitter. In another equally disturbing development, Mary McCord, the woman leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, announced she is leaving the Justice Department. In that role, she oversaw the FBI investigation and was responsible for obtaining FISA warrants, subpoenas and developing cases to prosecute based on the FBI evidence. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation after lying to Congress about his own campaign contacts with the Russian ambassador. Trump was reportedly furious that Sessions recused himself. This turn of events raises serious issues as to whether Sessions is indirectly trying to cripple the investigation even as there is a growing body of evidence of Trump campaign associate contacts with Russian government and intelligence officials. Sessions’ motive to hamper the investigation by replacing the senior career lawyer in charge with a Trump loyalist is especially strong since the FBI is investigating his own contacts with the Russian officials. Given the lack of seriousness in the Senate’s investigation and the legitimate fear that the Trump administration will try to derail the DOJ/FBI investigation, it is imperative that a special prosecutor be appointed. Americans deserve a thorough investigation they can trust and we may not get it unless we demand it.
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Daily Call To Action: April 21st, 2017

The Call – #SpecialProsecutor

Urge members of Congress to demand that the Attorney General appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the U.S. election, any collusion or contacts with the Trump campaign, and Trump’s political and financial connections to Russia. In a disturbing development, Mary McCord, the woman leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, announced she is leaving the Justice Department. In that role, she oversaw the FBI investigation and was responsible for obtaining FISA warrants, subpoenas and developing cases to prosecute based on the FBI evidence. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation after lying to Congress about his own campaign contacts with the Russian ambassador. Trump was reportedly furious that Sessions recused himself. This turn of events raises serious issues as to whether Sessions is indirectly trying to cripple the investigation even as there is a growing body of evidence of Trump campaign associate contacts with Russian government and intelligence officials. Recent revelations include a secret meeting by Erik Prince with Russian officials in the Seychelles to create a communications “back channel” and a previously undisclosed meeting by Jared Kushner with “Putin’s banker.” Given the legitimate fear that the Trump administration will try to derail the Russia investigation, it is imperative that a special prosecutor be appointed. Americans deserve a thorough investigation they can trust.
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