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Thank-you Thursdays: Jeff Merkley; Any Senator Who Filibustered and Voted Against Gorsuch for SCOTUS: H. Scott Wallace of the Wallace Global Fund

Here’s a running tally of people, companies, and others to thank for pushing back against Trump. The most recent thank-you actions are at the top.

 

Thank Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley for fighting against Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by speaking on the Senate floor for more than 15 hours.

If you’re not college-age, doing anything for 15 hours is tough on the body, no matter what it is. Merkley is 60 years old. That is a feat, people. He deserves thanks.

Send him a thank-you postcard (remember to put your full return address on it or it will be junked):

 

Senator Jeff Merkley

405 East 8th Avenue, Suite 2010

Eugene, OR 97401

If you are his constituent, call him to say thanks: 541.465.6750

 

Read about Merkley’s epic filibuster-that-wasn’t-a-filibuster:

 

Did your senator vote against Gorsuch and support the filibuster? Thank them.

First, check this New York Times interactive list that shows how each senator voted:

…then, if you don’t have your senators’ contact info handy, consult:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com

…and find their office phone numbers that way. You’ll find it easier to get through to their district (state) offices than their Washington offices.

 

Thank H. Scott Wallace, of the Wallace Global Fund, for firing a law firm for enabling the chicanery of Donald Trump. The firm had evidently advised Trump on how to separate himself from his globe-spanning network of businesses in a bid to comply with the Emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Wallace took calm, clear aim at the firm with both barrels in his letter, saying, “We believe that the legal advice given to him by your partner is not just simplistic and ill-founded, but that it empowers and even encourages impeachable offenses and undetectable financial conflicts of interest by America’s highest official, and thus is an unprecedented invitation to corruption and assault on our democracy.”

Send a thank-you postcard to Wallace for doing the right thing, loudly and clearly:

 

H. Scott Wallace

Wallace Global Fund

2040 S Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

 

Read the full letter, which Politico has posted:

http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015b-2115-d4bd-a5df-bbd77cd10001

 

Read a Slate story about Wallace’s letter:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/01/read_the_wallace_global_fund_s_scathing_letter_firing_trump_s_lawyers.html

 

Thank Illinois Senator Dick Durbin for calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. In particular, he said he felt that the ongoing probe run by the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t enough–that we need someone who’s explicitly independent to look into this mess. He suggested that someone such as Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, or the retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor would have the stature and reputation to lead such a commission.

Send Durbin a thank-you postcard here (please include your full return address):

Senator Dick Durbin

230 S. Dearborn St, Suite 3892

Chicago, IL, 60604

If you live in Illinois, you can call and thank him: 312.353.4952

Read a Bloomberg story about Durbin’s statements:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank former president George W. Bush for pushing back against Trump in public, on television. During an appearance on the Today Show, he defended the role of a free press, defended religious freedom, endorsed the notion of investigating Trump’s Russia ties (but stopped short of supporting the appointment of a special prosecutor), and refused to endorse Trump’s travel ban executive order.

It’s awkward for an ex-president to criticize the sitting president. It’s extra-awkward when both are Republicans. It’s also notable because Bush has said little on record about politics since leaving office in 2004, and he made his critical remarks on television, the only medium Trump seems to care about. Please thank Bush for speaking up.

Send a thank-you postcard to (and include your full return address please):

George W. Bush Presidential Center

2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

 

Read a story on Bush’s Today Show remarks here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/27/george-w-bush-critiques-trump-on-travel-ban-free-press/?utm_term=.2d353fc0da8f

 

Thank Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer for calling for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations of Trump.

Back on February 21, the Washington Post published an op-ed from Schumer in which he asked Sessions to disengage from any investigation into the actions of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions has since finally said he is open to recusing himself from DOJ investigations of Russia “if necessary,” but only after a few weeks of pressure that primarily came from Democrats.

Send a thank-you postcard to Chuck Schumer (make sure to include your full return address, even though it’s a postcard):

Leo O’Brien Building, Room 420

Albany, NY 12207

If you live in New York state, call him to say thanks: 518.431.4070

Read Schumer’s Washington Post op-ed asking for Sessions to recuse himself:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chuck-schumer-jeff-sessions-must-recuse-himself-from-the-flynn-investigation/2017/02/21/ddecef5c-f556-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html?utm_term=.81c55fcd55fe

This is the same Bloomberg story cited above, but it includes an aside that quotes Sessions saying he will recuse himself from Russia-related investigations “if necessary”:

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/durbin-wants-independent-russia-probes-as-trump-rejects-them

 

Thank Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for calling out the president for his exceptionally public mishandling of sensitive information, and for demanding that their Republican counterparts do something about it.

The senators’ joint statement, released on February 13, read in part:

“During the campaign, we listened to month upon month of Donald Trump complaining about the handling of important national security information.  We’ve had years of inconclusive investigations by House Republicans over emails and classified documents.  Now we have unknown and unvetted Mar-a-Lago members looking over the President’s shoulder as he conducts our foreign policy.

“This is America’s foreign policy, not this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.  We urge our Republican colleagues to start taking this Administration’s rash and unprofessional conduct seriously before there are consequences we all regret.”

Contact information for Sheldon Whitehouse:

170 Westminster St., Ste. 200

Providence, R.I. 02903

401.453.5294 (Constituents only, please)

Contact information for Tom Udall:

400 Gold Ave., SW, Suite 300

Albuquerque, NM 87102

505.346.6791 (Constituents only, please)

See the joint statement from Whitehouse and Udall here:

https://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/news/release/whitehouse-and-udall-call-on-republicans-to-end-trumps-rash-behavior-at-mar-a-lago

 

Thank New York House Representative Jerrold Nadler for filing a resolution of inquiry against Donald Trump. Nadler sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is the body that handles such requests. A resolution of inquiry is an early step on the road to impeachment.

Nadler’s resolution includes this statement (care of Countable.us):

“Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

Nadler’s contact information:

6605 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11219

718.373.3198 (Constituents only, please)

See the countable.us item on Nadler’s action:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

 

Thank Utah House Representative Jason Chaffetz and Maryland House Representative Elijah Cummings for asking the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to discipline Kellyanne Conway for asking citizens to purchase Ivanka Trump products. 

Chaffetz is the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee; Cummings is his Democratic counterpart. It is extra-important to thank Chaffetz for making this move because he has shown reluctance to go after Trump’s conflicts, despite having vigorously pursued investigations into Hillary Clinton. But you should send thank-yous to both.

Contact information:

Jason Chaffetz

51 S University Ave.

Suite 318

Provo UT 84601

801.851.2500 (Constituents only, please)

Elijah Cummings

754 Frederick Road

Catonsville MD 21228

410.685.9199 (Constituents only, please)

Read this Vox story about Conway’s ethical error:

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/9/14569590/kellyanne-conway-ivanka-trump-chaffetz

See the bipartisan letter to the OGE:

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-OGE-re-Conway-Endorsement-FINAL.pdf

 

Thank Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Maine Senator Susan Collins for voting against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education.

Democrats fought hard against DeVos’s confirmation; all 48 voted against her. Remarkably, two Republicans joined them. Collins and Murkowski voted no because their constituents called and emailed and asked them to do so.

Unquestionably, they came under a lot of pressure from Mitch McConnell and their party colleagues to vote yes. But they listened to the people who voted for them, and they put them first.

Please thank both of them for their bravery.

Lisa Murkowski

Federal Building

101 12th Avenue, Suite 329

Fairbanks, AK 99701

907.456.0233 (Constituents only, please)

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

207.622.8414 (Constituents only, please)