Call your House Rep to complain about the GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee trying to shut down its investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal; call your Senators to voice support for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Russia investigation; and boost Pennsylvania Democratic House candidate Conor Lamb however you can–that special election is today.
Sorry to send this relatively late for a weekday post, and sorry it’s technically more than one thing.
Yesterday–March 12, 2018–the Republican members of the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives voted to shut down its Trump-Russia investigation, claiming to find no collusion. They did this over the objections of the Democratic members of the committee.
At least one Republican member, Florida rep Tom Rooney, stated that Russia was trying to mess with our elections, but wasn’t necessarily trying to help Trump when they did so. The Republicans were able to do this because they hold the majority in the House. They claim they will deliver a report to their Democratic members today.
Read about the shutdown:
Read a statement from Democratic House Rep Adam Schiff, a member of the committee:
Read a Tampa Bay Times story about Florida House Rep Tom Rooney, a House Intelligence Committee member, who expressed the notion that Russia did try to infiltrate our elections, but not to specifically help Trump. (Rooney, who represents Florida’s 17th District, is retiring and will not run again):
To clarify some things: Only the House Intel investigation was stopped. The Senate is still continuing its probe of the matter, and Robert Mueller continues his work unaffected.
Also recall that the Republicans on the House Intel committee, and particularly its majority leader, Devin Nunes, have handled the investigation poorly, frustrating attempts to do a proper, credible job, and knuckling under to pressure from Trump and the White House. (Nunes was a member of the executive committee of president-elect Trump’s transition team.)
Step one for you: Call your House Rep and complain about the premature ending of that chamber’s Trump-Russia investigation.
Important note: Is your House Rep a member of the House Intelligence Committee? Then it’s extra-important for you to call.
Here’s the list of Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee:
Here are the Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee:
Before you call, also check to see if your House Rep is running for another term in the fall, and tailor your comments accordingly.
If your rep is a Dem, thank them for their work and encourage them to be ready to restart on November 7, 2018. If your rep is running again in the fall, and you like their work and are capable of making an offer, say that you’re willing to volunteer for their campaign or donate a specific amount of money to it. Be ready to be transferred to the rep’s coordinator of volunteers and/or to someone who handles incoming donations.
If your rep is a Republican, firmly but politely state you are upset about the Republicans’ handling of the Trump-Russia investigation and its premature end. If your rep plans to run again in the fall, state that their actions have encouraged you to volunteer and donate to their opponent. Make sure to say the opponent’s name. If you gave that rival a specific amount of money as a direct result of the end of the Trump-Russia investigation, give that number as well. Make the consequences clear.
Sample script for Dems: “Dear House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, state.) I am calling to express my anger over the premature ending of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal. While I am glad that the Democrats have tried to do the right thing, I am disappointed by the Republicans’ foot-dragging and their general attempts to sandbag the whole thing. I ask you to be ready to reopen the investigation on November 7, 2018, and be ready to do the work that your Republican colleagues would not. [If your rep is an Intel Committee member and you are comfortable offering to donate money or time to the rep’s campaign, say so now.] Thank you.”
Sample script for Republicans: “Dear House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, state.) I am calling to express my anger over the premature ending of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal. Your party colleagues have done an unconscionably bad job here. You should not have tolerated such a mishandling of an important task, and our country might well suffer for it. [If your rep is an Intel Committee member and you are comfortable saying you will donate time and money to their opponent over this, say so, and name the opponent.] I expected better from you, frankly. Please do better going forward.”
After you’ve called your House Rep, call your Senators and express your support for continuing that chamber’s investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal.
Before you call, see if either of your Senators are on the Senate Intelligence Committee. If they are, then it’s extra-important for you to call.
See the Senate Intelligence Committee members here:
Sample script for your Senators, regardless of party: “Dear Senator (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, state.) I am calling to express support for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump-Russia scandal. I am troubled by the way that the Republican members of the counterpart committee in the House of Representatives handled the investigation and extra-troubled by the way they ended it yesterday. I encourage you and your colleagues to do a proper, level-headed, fair, bipartisan probe of the matter. Thank you.”
And once you’ve taken care of that, see if you can give one last boost to Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the special election for the open House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th District.
At this point, even if Lamb loses, we win, because Trump carried the district by 22 points in 2016, and things are close enough that Lamb’s Republican opponent, Rick Saccone, has needed Trump’s help to try to carry him over the line. It should not be this close, but it is. Regardless, do what you can, however small, to help Lamb defeat Saccone.
See the OTYCD post on Conor Lamb, which contains background, his Twitter handle (following him helps), donation links, and more:
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