We are at a historic turning point in our country today.
The President of the United States is being tried by the Senate on whether or not to abolish the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution. If a president can categorically deny Congress all witnesses and all documents whenever he feels like it, there is no Impeachment Clause anymore. One of the first steps to ending a democracy and erecting an autocracy is making it legally impossible to remove the head-of-state.
A vote to acquit on Contempt of Congress pushes us toward autocracy. By the same token, a vote to acquit on this particular Abuse of Power allegation is a vote in favor of foreign governments getting a say in our elections. So if the Senate GOP votes to acquit on Abuse of Power, your vote just lost 75% of its power. Please understand that.
Why are we supporting impeachment? And why do many of you? Because we want to live in a “democracy”. We want our votes to matter. And when a president acts like an autocrat, upends rule of law and destroys our electoral process, that president doesn't get to stay in office.
As Members of Democrats Abroad, we are asking each of you receiving this letter to please
IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE A CALL TO YOUR SENATOR OR ANY SENATOR YET
TODAY WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.
Every day "45" remains in office he poses a threat to national and global security.
The Senate switchboard number is 202 224 3121. Please find below scripts you can follow if you call. ALSO: Resistbot.com is a great way to send a message. You can use Twitter, look up Resistbot and type Resist and you will be ready to send your message. Type Done when you are finished and your message will be sent.
Talking points courtesy of Seth Abramson, Sandra Odem Dowd, and Indivisible:
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS: My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], State [zip code]. I am calling because I want to thank the Senator for supporting the impeachment process and speaking out for a fair Senate Impeachment trial. But I’m worried about a cover-up with the Senate trial. I ask that he/she please push for:
1. Reject the Senate resolution as it’s currently written.
2. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony.
3. Reject McConnell’s attempt to have this play out in the middle of the night, as it prevents the American people from watching the trial.
Make sure to tell them that to go forward with the proposed rules is to be complicit in a cover-up more appalling than Watergate, not to mention a violation of the oath they took to protect our democracy and the constitution.
A SECOND SAMPLE SCRIPT:
• A fair and just Senate impeachment trial that is held during the light of day, with witnesses and documents.
• the press to have full access to report on the Senate impeachment trial.
• If you want a DEMOCRACY, and if you want FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS, your vote on impeachment must be to convict.
• If you want AUTOCRACY and FOREIGN-RUN ELECTIONS, vote to acquit.
• The president & enablers extorted a foreign nation for the president's personal gain
• The president withheld crucial, congressionally mandated military aid from a vulnerable burgeoning democracy as a bargaining chip - demanding that nation publicly spread conspiracy theories and manufacture false claims against a competitor in an upcoming US election
• Please take a principled stand, put yourself on the right side of history and speak out against the crimes committed by this President.
If you are inclined, here are the numbers to call McConnell, in Kentucky. The message is to demand he allow TV cameras to cover the impeachment trial, and reporters are allowed in the Senate. Remind him he is supposed to represent all Americans, as this is an issue of national importance. If he can "coordinate" with 45, then he should recuse himself. If we all call, all of these numbers, it may move the needle toward transparency. He has no right to prevent us from seeing what will go in in this trial. We The People demand our representatives represent us, not their own self-interest, or the interests of a possible dictator.
Note. He NEVER answers his DC number.
Here's the list of moderates, etc....
SPREAD WIDELY! DEMOCRACY REQUIRES PARTICIPATION. LET’S SPEAK OUT WHILE WE STILL CAN!
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398
Joel E. Soloman Federal Building
900 Georgia Avenue, #260
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (423) 752-5337
Fax: (423) 752-5342
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri
Phone: (202) 224-5721
2740 B East Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804
P: (417) 877-7814
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine
68 Sewall Street, Room 507
Augusta, ME 04330
Main: (207) 622-8414
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah
Salt Lake City
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State, Suite 4225
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-6966
100 North Broadway
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 269-9257
Fax: (316) 269-9259
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
510 L Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 271-3735
Fax: (877) 857-0322
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Main State Office
1029 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio
37 West Broad Street , Room 300
Columbus, OH 43215
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 228-0836
Salt Lake City Office
125 S. State Stree Suite 8402
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Phone: (801) 524-4380
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
201 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 254-2573 or toll free in Florida 1-866-630-7106
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 228-0284
United States Federal Building
17 South Park Row
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 453-3010
Fax: (814) 455-9925
Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Phone: (202) 224-6253
2909 13th Street
3rd Floor, Suite 303
Gulfport, MS 39501
Main: (228) 871-701
Phone: (202) 225-3706
Fax: (202) 225-3486
620 South Taylor Street
Amarillo, Texas 79101
T: (806) 371-8844
F: (806) 371-7044
1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305
Lincoln, NE 68508
Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado
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Phone: (202) 224-5941
Fax: (202) 224-6524
1961 Stout St., Ste. 12-300
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 391-5777
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Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
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The latest Tweets from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy). Treated uninsured patients as a doctor in Louisiana’s charity hospital system, now serving the people of my state in the US Senate. Proud LSU grad! #GeauxTigers. Baton Rouge, LA
Phone: (202) 224-5824
Baton Rouge Office
5555 Hilton Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 929-7711
Fax: (225) 929-7688
Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) | Twitter
Los Tweets más recientes de Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander). 7th generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville #LowerHealthCareCosts #MakingCollegeWorthIt #OpioidCrisisResponse #RestoreOurParks #TitanUp. Maryville, TN
Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma
Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) | Twitter
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Press Office of U.S. Senator @JimInhofe (R-Okla. Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
Oklahoma City Office
3817 NW Expressway #780
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 208-8841
Fax: (405) 604-0917
https://Home | U.S. Senator for Oklahoma
Phone: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380
Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida