Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wire tapping his phones at Trump Tower the month before the election, leveling an explosive allegation without offering any evidence. Mr. Trump called his predecessor a “bad (or sick) guy” on Twitter as he fired off a series of messages claiming that Mr. Obama “had my ‘wires tapped.’” During the 2016 campaign, the federal authorities began an investigation into links between Trump associates and the Russian government, an issue that continues to dog Mr. Trump.
The hearing for Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, took on added importance after Sessions recused himself from any investigations related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. As the Justice Department’s second-in-command, Rosenstein would assume control of any investigation that Sessions recused himself from, and Democrats pushed him to commit to appointing a special prosecutor. He declined on principle. Meanwhile, 65 percent of respondents to a CNN/ORC poll said the investigation into connections between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government should be handled by a special prosecutor.
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask your Members of Congress to call for a special prosecutor. Call both your senators and your representative. As always, only call your own reps. Be polite. One call per issue. Have a specific goal. If you reach voicemail, explain your opinion and be sure to leave your full name, address and zip code to make sure your call gets counted.
What you can say (please personalize!):
“Hello, my name is [X] from [CITY]. I’m calling about the current investigations into the contacts between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government. Given the level of Russian interference in our elections and domestic affairs, I believe a full, independent investigation is necessary. Will [REPRESENTATIVE X] publicly call for a special prosecutor for the investigation?”
- Call your U.S. Rep to support an independent commission to investigate Russian Election Interference by supporting HR 356. Despite the mounting evidence of Russia’s close partnership with the Trump administration, investigations of the Trump-Russia connection are currently dependent on partisan congressional committees. House Republicans like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz have continually resisted calls for a thorough investigation of Russian electoral interference. To ensure an independent investigation of the Trump-Russia connection, 198 House Democrats and one House Republican are co-sponsoring HR 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The bill would establish an independent, 12-member commission to fully examine Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Our nation’s electoral integrity is not a partisan issue. House representatives from both sides of the aisle must support an independent investigation of Russia’s electoral interference.
- Call your U.S. Senators and ask them to support Senate Bill 27, which calls for an independent commission to investigate Russian influence on our election and democracy.
Call Senator Orrin Hatch – D.C. (202) 224-5251, UT (435) 586-8435
Call Senator Mike Lee – D.C. (202) 224-5444, UT (801) 392-9633
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT01) – D.C. (202) 225-0453, UT (801) 625-0107
Rep. Chris Stewart (UT02) – D.C. (202) 225-9730, UT (801) 364-5550
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT03) – D.C. (202) 225-7751, UT (801) 851-2500
Rep. Mia Love (UT04) – D.C. (202) 225-3011, UT (801) 996-8729
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(CTA adapted from re:act and 5 Calls)