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Ask Your Members of Congress to Investigate Michael Flynn

Please call your members of Congress and encourage them to do something on this score.

OTYCD‘s scheduled Feb 14 post was about urging your members of Congress to suspend Michael Flynn and revoke his intelligence clearance.

News of Flynn’s resignation broke that morning.

Read the Washington Post stories and the text of Flynn’s resignation letter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/michael-flynn-resigns-as-national-security-adviser/2017/02/13/0007c0a8-f26e-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.5a1e4f4fc292

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-warned-white-house-that-flynn-could-be-vulnerable-to-russian-blackmail-officials-say/2017/02/13/fc5dab88-f228-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.d4154565bc1a

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-lawmakers-rush-to-the-defense-of-trumps-ex-national-security-advisor/2017/02/14/547fc410-f28b-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.a5cac2d84fd8

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/world/read-michael-flynns-resignation-letter/2330/

Though Flynn has resigned, it’s not a bad idea to call your members of Congress and ask them to investigate, see if his actions violated the Logan Act, and charge him appropriately.

Updated instructions and sample script are below.

Alternately, you can join a campaign to call your members of Congress and “show your love” for the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, by speaking in favor of it, and asking them to defend it.

 

Is your house rep on the House Oversight Committee or the House Foreign Affairs Committee? Is one of your senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Then it’s extra-important for you to call. Check the link below before dialing:

https://oversight.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

https://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/committee-membership

Sample script: “Dear (Senator/Representative Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code.) I saw the news this morning that Michael Flynn resigned. Nonetheless, I am concerned that Flynn appears to have spoken with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about election-related sanctions before Trump took office as president. This is a potential violation of the Logan Act, and it demands investigation and possible criminal charges. I hope you will support Congressional efforts to examine Flynn’s actions, and support efforts to investigate Trump’s connections to Russia.”

Text of the original Tuesday blog post is below.

 

Call your members of Congress and ask them to suspend Michael Flynn and revoke his intelligence clearance.

On Thursday, February 9, the Washington Post reported that Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about possible U.S. sanctions before Trump took office–a potential violation of the Logan Act, which bars U.S. citizens from involving themselves in disputes with other countries. (Scroll down for a link to the story.)

President Obama moved to impose sanctions on Russia in December over its meddling in the 2016 election. Flynn evidently discussed these sanctions with Kislyak. The Post cited nine current and formal officials, all of whom spoke anonymously, who said that Flynn had talked about the sanctions, though he had claimed otherwise.

This is a mess that needs investigation. Flynn’s cozy relations with Russia were alarming already (remember the picture of him sitting at the same RT network dinner table with Vladimir Putin and Jill Stein?). We need to figure out the extent of his ties with Russia.

Since the news broke, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, has recommended that “General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians.”

Elijah Cummings, the Democratic minority leader of the House Oversight Committee, concurred, saying, “If this new report is true, we need to ask not only whether General Flynn should be leading our national security efforts, but whether he should even hold a security clearance.”

Is your house rep on the House Oversight Committee or the House Foreign Affairs Committee? Is one of your senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Then it’s extra-important for you to call. Check the link below before dialing:

https://oversight.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

https://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/committee-membership

 

Sample script: “Dear (Senator/Representative Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code.) I am concerned about the news that Michael Flynn appears to have spoken with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about election-related sanctions before Trump took office as president. This is a potential violation of the Logan Act, and it demands investigation. I hope you will support Congressional efforts to examine Flynn’s actions, and efforts to investigate Trump’s connections to Russia. (Bonus sentence to use if you are calling your house rep:) I hope you will join your colleagues Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings in calling for Flynn’s intelligence clearance to be revoked.

 

Read the Washington Post article about Flynn’s discussion of election-related sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/national-security-adviser-flynn-discussed-sanctions-with-russian-ambassador-despite-denials-officials-say/2017/02/09/f85b29d6-ee11-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.26a35487b061

 

Read about how Trump administration officials deflected questions about Flynn when doing the rounds of the Sunday talk shows:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/12/does-the-white-house-stand-by-michael-flynn-thats-a-question-for-the-president/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_pwr-flynn-1230pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9216383ef051

 

Read about Democratic efforts to launch investigations into Flynn’s conduct:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/michael-flynn-russia-elijah-cummings-reaction-234894

 

Read Nancy Pelosi’s statement:

http://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/2112017/

 

Read Elijah Cummings’s statement:

https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/cummings-issues-statement-on-stunning-new-report-that-flynn-discussed-sanctions

 

Here’s a photo of Michael Flynn, Vladimir Putin, and Jill Stein sitting at the same table during an RT event (Flynn’s face is partly obscured; Stein is in the foreground with her back to the camera).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-michael-flynn-money-putin-erdogan-nsa-worker-claims-a7437041.html