Friday, April 19, 2019

Action: Mueller Report Take Aways

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THE END OF THE BEGINNING – MUELLER REPORT TAKE-AWAYS AND ACTIONS

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…
…the redacted version of the Mueller Report demonstrates the gross unfitness of Trump to be president. Please tell Senator [*] to use his voice to ensure that 1. Mueller testifies; and 2. that any federal investigations that Mueller has referred to other law enforcement offices are not compromised by Barr and DOJ leadership. 

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…
… the redacted version of the Mueller Report demonstrates the gross unfitness of Trump to be president. Please tell Representative [*] to 1. bring Mueller to testify before Congress; and 2. censure Barr and make sure that he doesn’t compromise any federal investigations that Mueller has referred to other law enforcement offices. 

ACTION THREE: FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS

PASS ALONG THIS ACTION ALERT, ESPECIALLY TO FRIENDS IN RED STATES. TELL THEM TO KEEP CALLING! 

BACKGROUND:

Yesterday, William Barr, Trump’s Roy Cohn, masquerading as AG, held a sham news conference to discuss/distort the Mueller Report before reporters even had it!  
Here are the Report’s important initial take-aways: 
  • Widely-reported facts about Trump and his business/campaign entanglements with Russia were confirmed https://bit.ly/2GtCUhC  
  • Substantial evidence exists that Russia sought to help Trump get elected, Trump and his minions sought to benefit from Russia’s assistance, and did benefit from it https://bit.ly/2GtCUhC  
  • Substantial evidence exists that Trump obstructed the investigation https://politi.co/2V6vp8F  
While Mueller might have lacked enough evidence (or the ability) to indict Trump, experts agree that there’s plenty of evidence of wrong-doing. https://bit.ly/2V7MAqu  
The investigations must ramp up: 
  • Nadler must subpoena the unredacted Report and all underlying documents 
  • Mueller must testify before Congress 
  • Deutsche Bank/Trump documents must be scrutinized for evidence of bank fraud/money-laundering 
  • Trump/Trump Organization tax returns must be obtained 
  • Barr/Rosenstein’s role in handling the Report must be examined 
  • Investigations that have been referred to other offices must be protected from DOJ interference. Barr cannot be trusted to uphold the rule of law. 
  • State investigations into Trump’s sham foundation, insurance fraud, state tax violations, money-laundering and garden-variety fraud must continue. 
We demand accountability! 

SOURCES: 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Action: Step Up and Lead, Now!

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STEP UP AND LEAD, NOW! 

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…
Today’s Mueller report is more evidence that Trump is destroying our democracy. Speeches in the Senate won’t cut it anymore. We need bold leaders now. Join protesters at the border, stand (physically) with Rep. Omar, call for a general strike, practice civil disobedience. Lead. Now.  

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…
Today’s Mueller report is more evidence that Trump is destroying our democracy. We need bold leaders now. You have more freedom in the House than those in the Senate. Use it. Crank out subpoenas and if they are ignored, show Trump the rule of law has teeth. Join protesters at the border, stand (physically) with Rep. Omar, call for a general strike, practice civil disobedience. Lead. Now.  

BACKGROUND:

Dear Member of Congress,  
If the administration has kept its promise (never a sure thing), the redacted Mueller report will be delivered today. It likely adds more evidence to Trump’s monumental lawlessness, cruelty, and racism. And, if the past is any guide, it will change nothing.  
Business as usual must stop today. If the lone protest of a 15-year-old autistic girl, in Sweden no less, can ignite a global to movement to save the Earth, what‘s stopping you from stepping up to the challenge of saving our Democracy.  
Sure, it’s tough being constrained by facts and civility. But don’t practice Trump’s dog whistle tribalism. Inflaming tribal impulses can be effective but it leaves the country poisoned.  
So, don’t demonize whole groups, stress the essential value of community, and offer a positive vision. 
We ask you to:  
  • Subpoena everything. 
  • Demonstrate that the rule of law applies to everyone.  
  • Go to the border and child prisons.  
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder with Rep. Omar. 
  • Join protests at places named Trump.  
  • Call for and lead a general strike. 
  • Practice civil disobedience and go to jail if necessary.  
Remember, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” We need bold leaders, now. 

SOURCES: 

NY Times, April 16, 2019: “Mick Mulveny’s Master Class in Destroying a Bureaucracy From Within” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/magazine/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-trump.html
The Nation, April 16, 2019: “Donald Trump Isn’t Playing Games With Ilhan Omar—He’s Inciting Violence. And he’s going to keep inciting violence until someone gets killed.” https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-inciting-violence-ilhan-omar/
Washington Post, April 9, 2019: “Trump is trashing the rule of law to stay in power”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/09/trump-is-trashing-rule-law-stay-power/?utm_source=reddit.com&utm_term=.28e279637464