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Tell Trey Gowdy and the House Oversight Committee to Stay on the Trump-Russia Probe

Tell Trey Gowdy and his colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to keep pursuing the Trump-Russia probe.

Gowdy, who represents South Carolina, became the Republican chair of the committee after Utah’s Jason Chaffetz announced he would resign from his house seat. Gowdy, who hassled Hillary Clinton with Benghazi investigation after Benghazi investigation, recently announced that, in general, the House committee would not pursue matters that relate to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether and how Trump’s campaign might be involved.

His excuse seems to be that special counsel Robert Mueller is on the case and he wants to steer clear and let him handle things. Gowdy also said that the House committee might investigate in specific, narrowly defined instances. While that might sound reasonable on its face, Gowdy’s Democratic counterpart, Elijah Cummings, sharply countered that sentiment with salient points. The Washington Post quoted Cummings as saying:

“It is a known fact that interference in our election will happen again if we do not take serious steps to prevent it,” he said. “The voters did not send us here to sit on the sidelines while our government is getting attacked. Chairman Gowdy is a very talented lawyer, and I believe he and I can work together to investigate this and make reforms to prevent it from happening again.”

Please call your house reps and urge them to continue to investigate #TrumpRussia matters, even though Robert Mueller is on the case. They should sit and figure out how best not to step on Mueller’s toes rather than giving up and stepping aside completely. Tell them you expect them to stay on this.

Important. Is your House Rep a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee? Then it’s extra-important that you call. See the link below, which lists all the current members:

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

 

If your House rep is a Democrat: “Hello House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to continue to support investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and investigations into whether Trump and his campaign team colluded with them. I am concerned that the new Republican committee chair, Trey Gowdy, will assume that giving Robert Mueller room to do his work means that the House is off the hook. It is not. Please urge the committee to do the extra, upfront work it needs to do to respect Mueller’s efforts while staying on top of its own responsibilities in this regard. Thank you.

 

If your House rep is a Republican: “Hello House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to vigorously support House-led investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and investigations into whether Trump and his campaign team colluded with them. I am concerned that the new Republican committee chair, Trey Gowdy, will assume that giving Robert Mueller room to do his work means that his Congressional committee is off the hook. It is not. Please urge Gowdy and his colleagues to do the extra, upfront work they need to do to respect Mueller’s efforts while staying on top of its own responsibilities in this regard. And if they use that upfront work to hamper and frustrate the work of the House investigators, please call them out early and often. Thank you.

 

Read stories about how Gowdy was chosen to succeed Chaffetz, and stories that quote Gowdy saying that while he is chair, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will not chase Trump-Russia investigations:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/on-trump-and-russia-oversight-chair-trey-gowdy-says-he-will-stay-in-his-lane/2017/06/23/4d1dfca6-583d-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html?utm_term=.8e754a82703a

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/23/house-oversight-no-russia-investigation-trey-gowdy-239904

http://theweek.com/speedreads/708011/house-oversight-committee-not-pursue-investigation-trump-russia

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/trey-gowdy-picked-by-gop-steering-committee-to-chair-house-oversight-panel-239308

 

Read about the partisan shens Gowdy got up to as chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-endless-trial-of-trey-gowdys-benghazi-committee-20160114

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/how-the-press-can-deal-with-the-benghazi-committee/410251/

 

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Support House Rep Elijah Cummings’s Call to Investigate Trump’s Ethics Issues

ICYMI: Call your House rep to support Elijah Cummings’s call to investigate Trump’s tangled finances.

Jason Chaffetz, the Republican leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was gung-ho to investigate Hillary Clinton’s foibles, but has shown nowhere near the enthusiasm for looking into the many and varied ethics snarls posed by our new president, Donald Trump.

In fact, Chaffetz has targeted Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), for criticizing the inadequacy of Trump’s attempts to resolve his conflicts of interest. He is trying to force Shaub into a closed-door meeting, presumably to berate him. (Scroll down for a previous OTYCD post on how to support Shaub.)

Elijah Cummings is Chaffetz’s counterpart on the committee. If the Democrats had the majority in the house, Cummings would lead the committee, not Chaffetz.

In November, Cummings called on Chaffetz to start an investigation into Trump’s finances and any potential conflicts of interest they might pose. He spoke in mid-November, not long after the election, which might explain why it never quite broke through. But it is only growing more evident that Congress needs to launch an investigation, and Chaffetz’s committee exists to do it.

Is your House rep on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee? If so, it is extra-important that you call and make your voice heard. Look at the link below before you pick up the phone.

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

 

Sample script for your House rep: I am (Firstname Lastname) from (town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support House rep Elijah Cummings’s request to his colleague, Jason Chaffetz, to launch an investigation into Trump’s finances. Cummings asked for an investigation back in November and Chaffetz has not yet acted. This needs to move ahead. Please do what you can to make it happen.

 

You can also call the House Oversight Committee to voice your support for Cummings’s request.

The majority (Republican) office is: 202.225.5074

The minority (Democratic) office is: 202.225.5051

 

More on Cummings’s request of Chaffetz for an investigation of Trump’s finances:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/14/investigate-trumps-potential-conflicts-of-interest-top-dem-tells-chaffetz/?utm_term=.e580869eba8b

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/29/503766832/rep-elijah-cummings-leads-call-to-investigate-trumps-business-entanglements

 

This Washington Post opinion piece from January 18 cites a Salt Lake Tribune poll that shows that Chaffetz’s Utah constituents support an investigation of Trump’s conflicts of interest by two to one:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/01/18/utah-voters-to-chaffetz-do-your-job/?utm_term=.081eac157993

 

In case you missed it, a previous OTYCD post asked you to call your House rep to defend Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE):

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/01/17/call-your-house-rep-to-defend-walter-schaub-jr-head-of-the-office-of-government-ethics/

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Call Your House Rep to Defend Walter Shaub Jr., Head of the Office of Government Ethics

ICYMI: Reposting because you can still act on this if you haven’t yet.

Call your member of the Congressional House of Representatives to defend Walter Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

Shaub has been straightforward and resolute on the topic of Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest and the president-elect’s plans for addressing them: They stink. Well, those aren’t his actual words, but Shaub has made it clear that Trump’s solutions aren’t up to the task, blasting them as “wholly inadequate.”

Since speaking out, Shaub has been summoned to a closed-door meeting by Jason Chaffetz, the Republican house rep from Utah who heads the house’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Chaffetz has been a bulldog on the issue of investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails, but he has yet to show a similar passion for looking into Trump. He acted mere hours after Shaub spoke about Trump at the Brookings Institution. Evidently, in Chaffetz’s mind, pointing out Trump’s ethical failings in public is somehow worse than Trump’s failings themselves.

It is unclear when this closed-door meeting with Shaub might happen. Regardless, call your house rep, let them know you support the work of Shaub and the OGE, and that he should not be punished in any way for doing his job.

Below is the list of sitting members of the house Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Is your house rep on the list? Then it’s extra-important that you call. And if Chaffetz is your house rep, then it’s unbelievably super-extra-important that you call and tell him to lay off Shaub and start looking into Trump instead.

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

 

You can also call the OGE to voice your support for Shaub:

202.482.9300

 

Or send an email:

ContactOGE@oge.gov

 

Or send a postcard:

U.S. Office of Government Ethics

1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500

Washington D.C. 20005

 

Read this Washington Post article on Shaub’s comments on Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/11/federal-ethics-chief-blasts-trumps-plan-to-break-from-businesses-calling-it-meaningless/?utm_term=.762a3a9cd377

 

And read this subsequent WaPo article on Chaffetz’s retaliatory move against Shaub:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trumps-business-ties-prompt-a-showdown-between-a-tiny-ethics-office-and-the-gop/2017/01/13/0dc1b500-d9c8-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html?utm_term=.afcdddd6f663#comments