Saturday, September 21, 2019

Action: Congress Must Stop Trump’s Lawlessness

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CONGRESS MUST STOP TRUMP’S LAWLESSNESS

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO STOP TRUMP’S LAWLESSNESS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
Trump’s unchecked lawlessness must be stopped. I urge the Senator to demand that his colleagues in the House: 
1) Add obstruction of Congress to the list of impeachable offenses under investigation; 
2) Hold Cory Lewandowski in contempt of Congress; 
3) Investigate who forced the FBI to cut short the Kavanaugh investigation; and 
4) File suit to obtain the whistleblower complaint and investigate who blocked its referral to the House Intelligence Committee.

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REP AND TELL HER/HIM TO STOP TRUMP’S LAWLESSNESS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR ALL REPRESENTATIVES OTHER THAN WALDEN: Trump’s unchecked lawlessness must be stopped. I urge Representative [*] to push to: 
1) Add obstruction of Congress to the list of impeachable offenses under investigation; 
2) Hold Cory Lewandowski in contempt of Congress; 
3) Investigate who forced the FBI to cut short the Kavanaugh investigation; and 
4) File suit to obtain the whistleblower complaint and investigate who blocked its referral to the House Intelligence Committee.” 

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR REPRESENTATIVE WALDEN:  I am calling on Representative Walden to put Country over party. Trump’s unchecked lawlessness must be stopped. I urge Representative Walden to push to: 
1) Add obstruction of Congress to the list of impeachable offenses under investigation; 
2) Hold Cory Lewandowski in contempt of Congress; 
3) Investigate who forced the FBI to cut short the Kavanaugh investigation; and 
4) File suit to obtain the whistleblower complaint and investigate who blocked its referral to the House Intelligence Committee.

ACTION THREE: FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS

Pass along this action alert, especially to friends in Red states. Tell them to KEEP CALLING!

BACKGROUND:

The list of potential impeachable offenses grows every day. This week we saw: 
  • The WH again assert blanket executive privilege, completely blocking the testimony of two former officials plus, in another unprecedented move, limiting the testimony of Trump’s campaign chair, who has never worked in the Government  
  • Evidence that the FBI was directed to cut short the Kavanaugh investigation and failed to interview over 20 witnesses who corroborated allegations of sexual assault  
  • Alarm that the Trump WH or DOJ prevented a whistleblower account of “serious or flagrant” abuse regarding an intelligence activity from being reported, as required by statute, to the House Intelligence Committee  
  • Reporting that Trump was the subject of this whistleblower account and that he engaged in multiple acts, resulting in “urgent concern” on the part of the Inspector General 
These potential additions to the list of impeachable offenses Trump has committed, including the still-unfolding whistleblower story, underscores the dangers Trump poses. He threatens the rule of law, by flagrantly violating norms and statutes. He undermines our institutions, like the FBI. He weakens our Constitutional system by aggrandizing the executive branch. And he endangers our national security.  
Congress must stop him! 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Action: Congress Must Stop Trump’s Rush To War With Iran

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CONGRESS MUST STOP TRUMP’S RUSH TO WAR WITH IRAN 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I greatly fear that Trump will soon authorize a military strike against Iran. I thank the Senator for co-sponsoring S.1039*. I ask that he do all in his power to ensure (1) immediate passage of S.1039, (2) inclusion of similar language in the NDAA’s^ conference report, and (3) passage of this version of the NDAA in the Senate. Thank you for fighting for peace.
* the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act 
^ National Security Defense Authorization Act 

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
SAMPLE SCRIPT for all but Walden:  I greatly fear that Trump will authorize a military strike against Iran. I thank the Representative for cosponsoring HR.2354*. I ask that he/she do all in his/her power to ensure (1) immediate passage of HR.2354 and (2) inclusion of similar language in the NDAA’s^ conference report. Thank you for fighting for peace. 
For Walden:  I greatly fear that Trump will authorize a military strike against Iran. I urge the Representative to fight for peace, by putting the needs of your constituents over placating Donald Trump, and do all in your power to ensure (1) immediate passage of HR.2354*  and (2) inclusion of similar language in the NDAA’s^ conference report.
* the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act 
^ National Security Defense Authorization Act 

BACKGROUND:

Responding to drone attacks on Saudi oil fields, for which Yemeni rebels took credit, Trump tweeted he’s “locked and loaded,” ready to unilaterally move against Iran on Saudis’ behalf; and Pompeo called it “an act of war”—although no American property destroyed or lives lost. Yesterday, Trump ordered new sanctions. 
We’re on brink of war with Iran for second time in three months because Trump 
  • withdrew from successful Iran nuclear deal, escalating economic sanctions on Iran in hopes of forcing Iran back to negotiating table 
  • vetoed Congressional attempts to end support for Saudi-UAE war in Yemen 
  • claims he doesn’t need congressional approval to strike Iran.  
This week Congress begins conferencing House and Senate versions of National Security Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). House version contains bipartisan supported amendment preventing war with Iran absent Congressional authorization, except in response to attack on America. The Senate’s vote—50-40—fell short of 60 needed to pass.  
To prevent a senseless war, Congress must clearly reclaim its constitutional authority over war and peace by (1) immediately passing Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act (H.R.2354/S.1039) and (2) ensuring that NDAA’s conference report retain the House’s bipartisan amendment containing similar language. 

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