Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ACTION: EVIDENCE OF TRUMP’S OBSTRUCTION KEEPS EMERGING; BOLTON MUST TESTIFY

EVIDENCE OF TRUMP’S OBSTRUCTION KEEPS EMERGING; BOLTON MUST TESTIFY

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 say that you must demand John Bolton be called to testify. It would be a crime against the Constitution if Senate Republicans refuse to honor their oath.

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]. 
For all Representative but Walden: I am calling to thank you for the work you’ve done to get Trump impeached. But daily, new evidence–including from John Bolton – is emerging of his impeachable behavior. We need new investigations to expose all of Trump’s continuing impeachable offenses.
For Representative Walden: I am calling to say you are an embarrassment to your constituents. Your willful blindness to Trump’s impeachable actions is a crime in itself.

ACTION THREE: REGISTER VOTERS.

Indivisible Oregon is organizing letter-writing parties using Swing Left tools to contact voters whose voter registration data may need updating. Find a letter writing party near you or organize one yourself:https://swingleft.org/events.

BACKGROUND:

Throughout Trump’s Impeachment trial, damning new evidence has emerged almost daily. On Sunday, a blockbuster report detailed former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s firsthand knowledge of Trump’s pivotal role in the Ukraine affair.
 
Bolton’s account bolsters the impeachment case that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until investigations of Trump political rivals were announced.
 
Trump’s impeachment trial began as the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office determinedTrump broke the law when he ordered Ukraine aid withheld. Then . . .
  • A recording revealed Trump ordering the removal of the American ambassador to the Ukraine who was a staunch anticorruption fighter.
  • An email surfaced showing that Trump ordered a hold on military aid 91 minutes after Trump’s “perfect” phone call with Ukraine’s president Zelensky.
  • Another email stated the hold was at the “clear direction of POTUS.”
  • And when Rudy Giuliani requested a meeting with Zelensky, he wrote he was acting with the “knowledge and consent of President Trump.”
Last week, Trump boasted he’d prevail because “We have all the material,” and witnesses, he withheld from House investigators. Then the Bolton news exploded Trump’s defense in the Senate. Bolton must testify under oath because, now, it’s clear the Constitution itself is on trial.

SOURCES: 

New York Times, Jan. 27, 2020: “John Bolton’s Account Upends Trump’s Denials, but Will It Upend Trump?” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/us/politics/john-bolton-trump.html
Politico, Jan. 25, 2020: “Forget impeachment. Republicans fear Ukraine revelations could spill into election.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/25/trump-ukraine-revelations-impeachment-103862
New York Times, Jan. 26, 2020: “Tape Made Public of Trump Discussing Ukraine With Donors” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/25/us/politics/trump-ukraine-donors.htmland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8yWS2Ne6IEThe
Atlantic, Jan. 27, 2020: “This Is a Trial of the Constitution Itself” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/constitution-itself-trial/605458/
BBC, Jan. 15, 2020: “Trump impeachment: Democrats announce new evidence ahead of vote” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51117650
The Hill, Jan. 26, 2020: “Schiff says Trump tweet is ‘intended to be’ a threat” https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/479965-schiff-says-trump-tweet-is-intended-to-be-a-threat
Business Insider, Jan. 16, 2020: “Top government watchdog finds that Trump broke the law by withholding military aid from Ukraine” https://www.businessinsider.com/top-government-watchdog-says-trump-illegally-withheld-aid-to-ukraine-2020-1

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