After the sudden forced resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn from the National Security Council on Monday night, calls for investigations into White House ties to Russia have intensified. Flynn misled the FBI and VP Mike Pence about conversations he had with a Russian Ambassador about the lifting of US sanctions on Russia under Trump, potentially compromising national security and leaving Flynn vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. It remains unclear if Flynn was ordered to have the conversation with the Russian Ambassador, and if so, when and by whom.
We now know that Trump has been aware of Flynn misleading officials about his communications with Russian officials for weeks. Despite pressure from Congressional Democrats and Republican Senator John McCaine, Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, has declined to look into the Michael Flynn matter, stating that the situation is “taking care of itself”. Russian officials responded today blaming an aggressive and Russophobic US media campaign for forcing Flynn out and targeting Trump. Trump, however is more concerned about the leaks coming out of the White House on the matter, a matter that this NY Times op-ed reminds us is hauntingly similar to the beginning of Watergate.
In the meantime, investigation of Trump’s conflicts of interest and Trump’s tax returns has become ever more critical, particularly in light of any potential connections to Russia. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on party lines NOT to take an opportunity handed to them to look at Trump’s taxes. Let’s not allow partisanship to get in the way of national security.
It’s time to do something about Trump’s conflicts of interest and White House ties to Russia!
CALL TO ACTION
- Chaffetz Constituents and all: Call Representative Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, to investigate Trump’s conflicts of interest and White House ties to Russia.
- Stewart Constituents: Call Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who is more concerned about White House leaks than he is about the Russian ties to the White House.
- Constituents: Ask your U.S. Representative to support Rep. Nadler’s “resolution of inquiry” into Trump’s ties with Putin and his business conflicts of interest. Find your representative by clicking here.
- Constituents: Also ask your U.S. Representative to support HR 371: Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, proposed by Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-D) to address financial conflicts of interest for the President and Vice President. This bill will be heard by the House Oversight Committee (Chaffetz).
- Sign this MoveOn petition to the members of the House Judiciary Committee to support Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s “resolution of inquiry” in the U.S. House by voting in favor of a House investigation into Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest and ties to the Russian government. Visit our Petitions, Petitions! for more great petitions.
- Ask Senator Orrin Hatch to request Trump’s tax returns – Per the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, Senator Hatch is one of the few people who can (as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) request Trump’s tax returns from the Secretary of the Treasury for review without Trump’s consent.
- Contact Senators Hatch and Lee to support the bi-partisan Russia Sanctions Review Act, proposed last week by Republican Senators McCain, Graham and Rubio along with Democratic Senators Brown, McCaskill and Cardin, which would bolster Congressional oversight before Trump could lift sanctions on Russia or Ukraine.
- Also ask our Senators to support S 65: Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, a bill proposed by Senator Warren on Monday to address financial conflicts of interest of the President and Vice President.