Wednesday, May 10th
Yesterday, Trump fired FBI chief James Comey, purportedly over his investigation of Hillary Clinton. We're not fooled - Comey was fired because he was investigating Trump and the Trump Administration. Now, more and more members of Congress, including some Republicans, are calling for an independent investigation of Trump and his Russia ties.
According to today's New York Times, however, there is no clear path to an independent investigation of #TrumpRussia. The post-Nixon law creating a "special prosecutor" or "independent counsel" expired in 1999. A "special counsel" would still be under the control of the newly appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who showed yesterday that he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are in no way interested in finding the truth. A "special congressional commission" could investigate and create a report, but nothing beyond that.
As a result, it looks like it is up to state officials such as New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who cannot be fired by the President or the President's men, to actually perform that independent investigation. As noted in the Daily News in March, "Schneiderman, a frequent Trump critic, has repeatedly said his office will sue the administration if necessary to protect New Yorkers' and the state's interests."
Action You Can Take Today
Tell AG Schneiderman that you support investigations by his office into Trump's ties to Russia, potential violation of the emoluments clause, and any other Trump or Trump associate activity that may violate our laws.
Office of the Attorney General
Albany, NY 12224-0341
Sunday, May 7th
(Adapted from Rogan's List)
Yet another Trump disclosure omission: “Jared Kushner didn't disclose his business ties with George Soros, Peter Thiel, and Goldman Sachs, or that he owes $1 billion in loans…” (Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/jared-kushner-ties-george-soros-goldman-sachs-peter-thiel-1-billion-loan-2017-5 )
Today, there are reports in the Guardian that Kushner's sister has been pushing Chinese investment in Kushner family properties in exchange for US green cards, most recently yesterday at an event at the Beijing Ritz-Carlton: "Members of the audience of 100 were reportedly told that if they stumped up at least half a million dollars for the project they could become US residents under a controversial cash-for-residency program that is known in China as the “golden visa”."
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/07/jared-kushners-family-criticised-for-touting-cash-for-visas-scheme-in-china
Action You Can take Today:
Contact the Office of Government Ethics and ask that they investigate Kushner now: https://www.oge.gov/Web/OGE.nsf/Resources/Contact+Us
Tell the Justice Department: We Need a Special Prosecutor on Russia & Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Wednesday, March 22
(Adapted from Daily Acts of Resistance)
FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Monday that the FBI is actively investigating ties between Trump's campaign and Russia. We also know that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contact with Russian officials during Trump's campaign. We also know that Sessions has recused himself from leading the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, and passed that responsibility on to Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, but that is not enough.
We need an independent Special Prosecutor to ensure a full, fair investigation.
Action You Can Take Today:
Call the Attorney General's Office at 202-353-1555. When you get through, here's your short script:
"Hi, my name is ___ and I'm calling from ___ to urge Deputy AG Boente (BEN-tay) to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Session's possible perjury as well as Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and President Trump's possible collusion. These are obviously hugely sensitive issues of national security that require a thorough, impartial investigation that is not tainted by association with Sessions. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen."
Submit a comment through the AG's office's web site. You're welcome to copy the comment below or write your own. A relevant topic to choose is "Messages to the Deputy Attorney General."
"I'm writing to urge you to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump's ties to Russia and possible collusion in their successful attempts to influence our 2016 elections as well as to investigate Attorney General Jeff Session's ties to Russia and his lies under oath about his contacts with the Russians during Donald Trump's campaign.
Given that AG Sessions has admitted to lying under oath, I do not feel that merely recusing himself will be enough to ensure a truly free and impartial investigation. We need an independent investigator who can perform a thorough, unbiased investigation into these deeply troubling questions. Thank you for your time and attention to this truly urgent matter of national security."
Call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressman Maloney to ask them to push for a special prosecutor, too. You can use the same script as above and just swap in their name for Boente's name.
Contact info for our members of congress is at: http://www.philipstowndemocrats.org/contact_your_legislators