Daily Call To Action: May 12th, 2017

The Call – Jeff Sessions must resign for #Obstruction

Urge members of Congress to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign for violating his recusal pledge. Shortly after it came to light that Sessions lied about contacts with Russia during his confirmation, Sessions responded to calls for his resignation by agreeing to recuse himself from any matters related to the presidential campaign, including the Russia investigation. Trump was reportedly furious that Sessions recused himself.

It is now clear Sessions was very involved in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, purportedly based on his handling of the Clinton email matter. That involvement violates his recusal as to both Clinton and the Russia investigation and may well constitute obstruction of justice.

Several Democratic Senators, including Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have called on Sessions to resign for violating his recusal.

On Thursday night, Rachel Maddow broke the story that the DOJ refuses to confirm that Sessions is recused on any investigation of Paul Manafort, a former head of Trump’s campaign. Manafort is being investigated by the FBI for, among other things, failure to register as a foreign agent for Putin-related work prior to the campaign. If Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, Manafort would be a top suspect. It would be typical for the FBI to use Manafort’s failure to register violation to press for information on more important crimes (like campaign collusion with Russia). By remaining involved in the Manafort case, Sessions is positioned to prevent Manafort’s pre-campaign violation from being used to get information about campaign collusion.

Sessions behavior in lying at his confirmation hearing, violating his recusal in the Comey firing and violating any reasonable interpretation of his recusal by appearing to be involved in the Manafort matter, disqualify him to remain Attorney General. In order for Americans to have faith in the investigations and in the DOJ, Sessions must resign.

Your Action

Call your members of Congress and tell them to join the call for Attorney General Sessions to resign for violating his pledge to recuse himself from the decision to fire Comey.

Script

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

I’m calling to let [Rep/Sen____] know that I believe Attorney General Sessions has violated his agreement to recuse in the Comey firing and refuses to say he if he is recused in Paul Manafort’s case. I have no confidence he can honestly run the Justice Department. It’s very important to me that [Rep/Sen____] join the call for him to resign.

Thanks. I greatly appreciate your time.

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