Daily Call To Action: May 17th, 2017

The Call – #SpecialProsecutor, #ComeyMemo & #Obstruction

Urge members of Congress to demand Former FBI Director James Comey be permitted to testify in open hearings and that DOJ immediately appoint a Special Prosecutor.

There has been a shocking cascade of revelations in the last week, including Trump firing Comey and admitting the firing was related to the Russia investigation, Trump leaking highly classified intelligence from Israel to Russian diplomats, and the revelation Tuesday that Trump tried to get Comey to shut down the Michael Flynn investigation. The incredible disclosures strongly suggest that Trump is strangely close to Russia and attempting to obstruct the investigation of his ties to Russia.

The response of most Republicans has not been encouraging. The reaction of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, was especially troubling. Burr pushed back on the New York Times report, suggesting he did not believe the anonymous sources.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has inspired little confidence by violating his recusal in directly participating in the Comey firing. Sessions has resisted calls for a Special Prosecutor, even as Trump compounded his initial obstruction of justice in firing Comey with a threatening tweet to Comey clearly meant to silence him.

Comey has insisted he wants to testify about these events, but will only do so in an open hearing. While Burr declined Comey’s offer for public testimony, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the Senate Judiciary committee would be willing to have Comey testify in open session.

It is critical that Comey be allowed to testify openly so these matters cannot be swept under the rug. It is also critical, given the reluctance of Burr to move the Senate Intel Committee investigation forward on Comey testimony and the compromised position of AG Sessions, that a special prosecutor be appointed. This matter has reached Constitutional crisis proportions and the American people need an investigation they can trust.
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Daily Call To Action: May 16th, 2017

The Call – Jeff Sessions must resign for #Obstruction and a #SpecialProsecutor must be appointed (Day 2)

Urge members of Congress to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign for violating his recusal pledge and aiding obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI Director Comey.

The revelation on Monday that Trump gave highly classified information obtained from allies to the Russians in an oval office meeting last week is extremely serious and must be investigated. Some senior Republicans, including Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, are being forced to acknowledge the seriousness of the matter. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ DOJ cannot be trusted to investigate this matter or the Trump campaign ties to Russia.

After recusing himself from investigations into the 2016 election and Russia, Sessions violated his recusal as to both the Clinton and the Russia investigations by directly participating in the Comey firing. Before Trump admitted Comey’s firing was related to the Russia investigation, Sessions had Acting AG Rod Rosenstein write a critical review of Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case to serve as a pretext for dismissing Comey. As Rachel Maddow reported last week, Sessions is likely also violating his recusal regarding investigations related to Paul Manafort, Trump’s second campaign manager, who has close ties to Russia. DOJ refuses to say whether Sessions is recused on the Manafort matter.

Sessions has resisted calls for a Special Prosecutor, even as Trump has compounded his initial obstruction of justice in firing Comey with a threatening tweet to Comey clearly meant to silence him.

Sessions behavior in lying at his confirmation hearing, violating his recusal in the Comey firing, violating his recusal regarding Manafort and aiding Trump’s obstruction of justice disqualify him from remaining as  Attorney General. It is increasingly urgent given the Trump administration’s multiplying issues with Russia that Americans have faith in the investigations. This can only happen if Sessions resigns and the DOJ appoints a #SpecialProsecutor.
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Daily Call To Action: May 15th, 2017

The Call – Jeff Sessions must resign for #Obstruction and a #SpecialProsecutor must be appointed

Urge members of Congress to demand Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign for violating his recusal pledge and aiding obstruction of justice in the firing of FBI Director Comey. Shortly after it came to light that Sessions lied about contacts with Russia during his confirmation, Sessions responded to calls for his resignation by recusing himself from any investigation related to the 2016 campaign or the investigation into Russia’s interference in our election.

Sessions violated his recusal as to both the Clinton and the Russia investigation by directly participating in the Comey firing. Before Trump admitted Comey’s firing was related to the Russia investigation, Sessions had Acting AG Rod Rosenstein write a critical review of Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case to serve as a pretext for dismissing Comey. As Rachel Maddow reported last week, Sessions is likely also violating his recusal regarding investigations related to Paul Manafort, Trump’s second campaign manager, who has close ties to Russia. DOJ refuses to say whether Sessions is recused on the Manafort matter.

Sessions has resisted calls for a Special Prosecutor, even as Trump has compounded his initial obstruction of justice in firing Comey with a threatening tweet to Comey clearly meant to silence him.

Sessions behavior in lying at his confirmation hearing, violating his recusal in the Comey firing, violating his recusal regarding Manafort and aiding Trump’s obstruction of justice disqualify him from remaining as  Attorney General. In order for Americans to have faith in the investigations and in the DOJ, Sessions must resign and the DOJ must appoint a #SpecialProsecutor.
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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.
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Daily Call To Action: May 11th, 2017

The Call – #SpecialProsecutor or Legislative Halt

Urge members of Congress to suspend regular business until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate President Trump, his campaign, their ties to Russia and any obstruction of justice the Trump Administration has engaged in as part of a cover-up.

Numerous sources have confirmed that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was furious Comey focused on the Russia probe more than leaks and did not support his Obama wiretap claim. Days before his firing, Comey asked DOJ for more resources. Comey also stepped up the Russia probe and began to receive daily rather than weekly reports as he became increasingly concerned that there was evidence of Trump campaign collusion.

Trump’s claim that Comey had lost the confidence of the FBI was debunked with wide reports that agents, including those had supported Trump, were stunned and fear for the future of the Russia investigation. Trump’s claim in the termination letter that Comey had assured him three times that he was not under investigation seems to experts and Comey associates very likely false.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in apparent violation of his recusal, played a key role in the Comey firing and there is a lot of concern that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein was willing to participate in what appears to be an obstruction of justice. This morning, The New York Times Editorial Board wrote an open letter to Mr. Rosenstein imploring him to add his name to a “short, heroic list” of public servants who followed their conscience.

There are also concerns about the new acting FBI Director Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who reportedly told White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus in February that a New York Times story about Trump campaign allies’ contacts with Russia, which turned out to be true, was “garbage.”

All of this information strongly suggests a cover-up and makes it impossible for the American people to have confidence in an investigation led by Trump appointees and allies. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has demanded a special prosecutor and Democrats have used parliamentary procedures to slow down Senate business as leverage to get a special prosecutor. The apparent obstruction of justice in the Russia probe threatens our democracy and must be the first priority of Congress. It is imperative that a special prosecutor be appointed to ensure a thorough investigation we can trust.
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