Daily Call To Action: March 29th, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: March 29th, 2017

The Call – Sally Yates should testify in open hearings #LetSallySpeak

Urge your members of Congress to press for the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to call former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify in an open hearing of the Committee’s Russia probe. Yates was scheduled to testify in an open hearing of the House Committee on Tuesday. The Washington Post reports that the White House tried to block Yates testimony with a claim of executive privilege. Per Wapo’s report, Yates’ attorneys informed the White House on Friday that Yates intended to testify about her conversations with the White House because the White House had waived privilege by its public comments on the matters involved. On the same day, Chairman Devin Nunes [R-CA] cancelled the hearing. Representative Adam Schiff [D-CA], Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Yates had been expected to provide potentially explosive testimony at the cancelled hearing, involving her discussions with the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Schiff urged that an open hearing be rescheduled as soon as possible. However, it is not clear that Chairman Nunes will be willing to reschedule the hearing, whether open or closed. Senator Mark Warner [D-VA], Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated Tuesday that Yates would be called to testify before the Senate panel. However, Warner will need the cooperation of the Committee’s Chairman, Senator Richard Burr [R-NC]. There is a strong appearance the White House is trying to prevent Yates from publicly testifying and that at least Nunes is working with the White House. It is important to keep public pressure on Congress to allow open hearings so the American people can be confident that they have the facts on Russia’s meddling in our election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials.

Your Action

Call all three of your members of Congress and ask them to insist that the [House/Senate] Intelligence Committee call Sally Yates to testify in an open hearing.

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

I’m calling to ask [Rep/Sen____] to pressure the [House/Senate] Intelligence Committee call Sally Yates to testify in an open hearing.

Thanks and I greatly appreciate your time.

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

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Daily Call To Action: March 28th, 2017

The Call – Independent investigation into #TrumpRussia

Urge your members of Congress to publicly demand an independent investigation into Russian interference in our election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow. At the House Intelligence Committee last week, FBI Director James Comey testified the FBI has an on-going espionage investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia. Comey and NSA Director, Admiral Michael Rogers, also debunked Trump’s tweeted claims that former President Obama wiretapped him. The Republican committee members focused almost entirely on demanding vigorous investigation and prosecution of those who may have leaked the information that brought these contacts to light. Since the hearing, the behavior of the Committee’s Chairman, Representative Devin Nunes[R-CA] has been bizarre. He “secretly” viewed intelligence information related to the “incidental collection” of intelligence on non-US persons. After discussing “concerns” at a nearly incoherent press conference, he went to the White House and briefed Trump. He has not shared the information with any other Intelligence Committee members and, while stating the information was legally collected, has given confusing accounts of his concerns. In another twist, it’s not being reported that Nunes actually received the information at the White House. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer [D-NY] has called for Nunes to be replaced at Chairman of the committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi [D-CA] and the Ranking Member of the Committee, Representative Adam Schiff [D-CA], have called for Nunes to be replaced or recused. It is obvious Chairman Nunes is unable to run a fair and non-partisan investigation. Americans deserve a investigation they can trust. It is time for an independent investigation.
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Daily Call To Action: March 27th, 2017

The Call – House Intelligence Committee should hold open hearings on #TrumpRussia

Urge your House member to call for the House Intelligence Committee to hold open hearings on Russian interference in our election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow. In a bizarre twist after the Comey hearing last week, the House Intelligence Committee’s Chairman, Representative Devin Nunes [R-CA], who was on Trump’s transition team, met alone with a source he will not divulge. The source supposedly showed him information about legal “incidental” collection of communications of or about US persons, which may (or may not – his story has evolved) have included Trump associates, in connection with foreign subjects of surveillance. Following the meeting, Chairman Nunes held a nearly incoherent press conference and met with President Trump to “brief” him. At no point during this series of events did Nunes consult with Representative Adam Schiff [D-CA], his committee co-chair, or anyone else on the committee. While the information does not in any way validate Trump’s discredited tweets, Trump and the conservative press have spun it as if it did, giving Trump some political cover. Chairman Nunes has now cancelled, over his co-chairman’s objections, the previously scheduled open hearing to receive testimony from former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. Chairman Nunes proposes to hold closed hearings and Representative Schiff has accused him of working to aid Trump rather than in a bipartisan manner. Given the apparent inability of  Nunes to be objective and bi-partisan, it is all the more important that the hearings be held publicly so that the American people can get the information they need and have trust that the committee is working to get the truth.
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Daily Call To Action: March 24th, 2017

The Call – Independent investigation into #TrumpRussia

Urge your members of Congress to publicly demand an independent investigation into Russian interference in our election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow. At the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, FBI Director James Comey testified the FBI has an on-going espionage investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia. Comey and NSA Director, Admiral Michael Rogers, also debunked Trump’s tweeted claims that former President Obama wiretapped him. The Republican committee members focused almost entirely on demanding vigorous investigation and prosecution of those who may have leaked the information that brought these contacts to light. In a bizarre twist after the hearing, the Committee’s chairman, Representative Devin Nunes [R-CA], who was on Trump’s transition team, met alone with a source he will not divulge. He claims the source gave him information about legal so-called “incidental” collection of communications of or about US persons, which may have included Trump associates, in connection with foreign subject of surveillance. Following the meeting, Nunes held a nearly incoherent press conference and met with President Trump to “brief” him, all without without consulting with Representative Adam Schiff [D-CA], his committee co-chair or anyone else on the committee. While the information does not in any way validate Trump’s discredited tweets, Trump and conservative press have spun it as if it did. For the chairman of an oversight committee to rush to brief Trump, who is a subject of the investigation, is quite shocking and shows Nunes cannot be trusted to oversee a real investigation. In the Senate, the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee overseeing the Senate investigation, Senator Richard Burr [R-NC] was also on Trump’s transition team and has shown a partisan reluctance to do a vigorous investigation. Most Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans have now called for an independent investigation. It’s time to demand an independent investigation so the American people can have confidence in the results.
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Daily Call to Action: March 23rd, 2017

The Call – Reject #Trumpcare

The House expects a vote tonight on Trumpcare and the vote is likely to be close. House Republicans and the President have been feverishly working to cut a deal that can pass the House. Reports are that a deal could make Trumpcare considerably harsher than the version which was scored by the CBO as having 24 million fewer people with insurance within 10 years and 14 million fewer next year. Of course, there is no time for the revised law (still being worked on) to be scored by the CBO. In an effort to win votes from the Freedom Caucus, it appears that all or some of the 10 “essential benefits” of Obamacare may become optional. These include emergency room care, maternity care, mental health and addiction treatment, prescription drugs, chronic disease treatment and others. While it would reduce premiums for those who did not need these services, it could easily put insurance out of reach for those with pre-existing chronic disease or mental health issues and leave those who buy cheap policies with little or no coverage when they need it. It also appears Medicaid will be pulled back significantly from the CBO scored version of the bill. If these changes are made to bring on conservatives, the vote of more moderate Republicans will be tougher to get, but it is not clear whether whatever comes out of the overnight negotiation can pass. Trump desperately wants a “win” in this bad news environment and appears willing to agree to radical bill that shreds the many campaign promises he made.
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