We are reassured to see Robert Mueller push full steam ahead on his investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign. But we can no longer ignore the very clear, consistent reminders that the president will do anything in his power (and sometimes more than that) to obstruct the investigation. We cannot let this happen. This behavior must not be normalized.
This week's Tiny Action: Call your Senators and your Representative to demand Congress protect Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation by supporting both S. 1741 / H.R. 4669 and S. 1735 / H.R. 3654.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I vote in [STATE]. I’m calling to insist that Senator/Representative [NAME] support both the Special Counsel Integrity Act (S. 1741 / H.R. 4669) and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735 / H.R. 3654). Both of these bipartisan bills would ensure that Trump can’t unilaterally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller — something we have now learned he explicitly tried to do last year. I have no reason to trust that he will not make other attempts to do so, directly and indirectly. We need to protect our democracy from foreign influence and ensure that Trump is not being influenced by Russia.
Furthermore, the attempts by the White House and complicit members of Congress to discredit the FBI and the intelligence community is not something that I will tolerate, and I will be watching closely to see if the Senator/Representative takes an active role in stopping this blatant obstruction of justice and stands up for the American people, or if s/he will be complicit.
I urge the Senator/Congress(wo)man to move quickly on this issue before it is too late. Thank you
A timeline of Trump’s interference with the Russia investigation
Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit
FBI has 'grave concerns' about controversial Republican memo
A complete timeline of the events behind the memo that threatens to rip D.C. in two
Rep. Nunes’s memo crosses a dangerous line (Op-Ed from Rep Adam Schiff)
- 5 reasons to worry Trump is undermining the Justice Department’s independence
S. 1741/H.R. 3771 - Special Counsel Integrity Act
A special counsel may be disciplined or removed only by an Attorney General who has been confirmed by the Senate. If AG is recused, a special counsel may be disciplined or removed by the most senior DOJ official who has been confirmed by the Senate and not is recused. A special counsel: (1) may only be removed for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause, including violation of DOJ policies; (2) must be informed in writing of the specific reason for the removal; and (3) may file an action for judicial review of the removal.
S. 1735/H.R. 3654 - Special Counsel Independence Protection Act
A special counsel or other appointed individual may be removed only if: (1) the Attorney General files an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and files a contemporaneous notice of the action with Congress; and (2) the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issues an order finding misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or other good cause, including violation of DOJ policies.
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