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Call Your House Rep and Demand Devin Nunes’s Removal as Chair of the House Committee on Intelligence

Call your House Rep and demand Devin Nunes’s removal from his post as Chair of the House of Representatives’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

 

Yep, we’re making an exception to our rule on issuing one thing you can do, per day, to push back against Trump. We need to get news out about the next Families Belong Together protest, but this needs attention, too, and it needs it today.

 

Devin Nunes, who represents the 22nd District of California, has been a goddamn menace on the House Committee on Intelligence since Trump’s election. He’s seemingly made it his business to personally defend Trump instead of serving the American people.

 

He should have been removed from the chairmanship of the committee ages ago. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, has consistently refused to do so.

 

With the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) July 21, 2018 release of the FISA documents relating to Carter Page, it is abundantly clear that Nunes absolutely, positively has to GO. The fact that Trump went on a tweetstorm about this on Sunday claiming that the DOJ and FBI ‘misled the courts’ makes it still more urgent.

 

While the documents are heavily redacted, every single knowledgable commenter on Twitter agrees that Nunes was stone cold wrong in his representations of what these documents contained, and his Democratic colleague, Adam Schiff, was correct.

 

Here is a selection of Twitter comments to that effect.

 

Caroline O (@RVAWonk):

An important takeaway from the Carter Page FISA documents released today: They prove without a shadow of a doubt that lied about the FISA warrant to try to discredit the Russia probe. And they also prove that told the truth.

 

Example: Nunes claimed the FBI cited a Sept. 2016 Yahoo News article to corroborate the Steele dossier. Schiff said no, the FBI cited the article to inform the court of Carter Page’s public denial of his Moscow meeting. (L) Today’s FISA docs show Schiff’s account is correct. (R) [She included a screen grab which we can’t reproduce.]

 

Devin Nunes won’t admit that he lied about Carter Page’s FISA warrant to undermine an ongoing investigation — but what about the rest of the GOP-led House intel committee, which largely went along with the Nunes memo? And what about , who could remove Nunes tomorrow?

 

Defending the Nunes memo in Feb, said: “This is about FISA abuse and…holding our govt accountable…and conducting oversight over the executive branch which…has been given great power over us at citizens. We need to make sure that that power is used correctly.” [She linked to a video of Ryan saying precisely this.]

 

So if cares about accountability & oversight, what’s he going to do to hold accountable for using his position as HPSCI chairman to lie to the American people, corrupt the oversight process, & undermine a federal investigation?

 

 

 

Julian Sanchez, another who is well-regarded in this realm and who tweets as @normative, said:

 

There’s a full page of discussion of Steele being hired to conduct political oppo research, and why the FBI regards his reporting as reliable anyway. Makes the Nunes claim that they tried to hoodwink the FISC about this look even more ridiculous.

 

It’s absolutely insane Nunes tried to claim FBI hid this information from the FISC. All this immediately follows the first mention of Steele (aka “Source 1”). [This is followed by a screen grab that we can’t reproduce.]

 

Also quite clear that, contrary to Nunes’ claims, the FBI was NOT using Michael Isikoff’s Yahoo News article as independent confirmation of Steele’s reporting, but as a source for Page’s denials he was working for Russia. [This is followed by a screen grab that we can’t reproduce.]

 

What this does make clear beyond any serious doubt is the brazen dishonesty of the Nunes memo. It is impossible to imagine a reasonable person reading this document and then making the claims in that memo in good faith.

 

 

 

 

The expert who tweets under the @pwnallthethings handle, in analyzing the Carter Page FISA documents, said:

 

Worth noting, for the record, that it was Rep. Trey Gowdy who went and read the FISA
application for the HPSCI majority when compiling the Nunes memo. So he has a lot to
answer for here.
Carrie Cordero (@carriecordero), a law professor, CNN analyst, and contributing editor to the Lawfare blog tweeted:
Let me be crystal clear: the Chairman of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, set in motion a chain of events based on a bogus & politicized charge against DOJ’s use of
, that just upended 40 years of FISA practice that protected the nation’s secrets.
You can be for , and likewise lament that this case, for these reasons, is
the one that busted the system and will have profound consequences for protecting
national security information in cases involving going forward.

 

 

Rather than a tweetstorm, expert David Kris wrote a piece for the Lawfare blog on the documents. Key quote from that post:

 

The Nunes memo accused the FBI of dishonesty in failing to disclose information about Steele, but in fact the Nunes memo itself was dishonest in failing to disclose what the FBI disclosed. I said then, and I still believe, that the “Nunes memo was dishonest. And if it is allowed to stand, we risk significant collateral damage to essential elements of our democracy.”

Now we have some additional information in the form of the redacted FISA applications themselves, and the Nunes memo looks even worse. In my earlier post, I observed that the FBI’s disclosures about Steele were contained in a footnote, but argued that this did not detract from their sufficiency: “As someone who has read and approved many FISA applications and dealt extensively with the FISA Court, I will anticipate and reject a claim that the disclosure was somehow insufficient because it appeared in a footnote; in my experience, the court reads the footnotes.” Now we can see that the footnote disclosing Steele’s possible bias takes up more than a full page in the applications, so there is literally no way the FISA Court could have missed it. The FBI gave the court enough information to evaluate Steele’s credibility.

 

Full David Kris post is here:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-make-carter-page-fisa-applications

 

 

So! We at OTYCD are asking you to call your House Rep and demand Nunes’s removal as chair of the House Intelligence committee.

 

Before you call, check the links below that show the full list of members of the committee. Is your House Rep one of them? If so, it’s extra-important that you call.

 

 

Majority members of the committee (all Republican):

https://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-majority-members.htm

 

 

Minority members of the committee (all Democrats):

https://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-minority-members.htm

 

 

Also, if your House Rep is Speaker Paul Ryan? Super-extra-mega-important for you to call.

 

 

Sample script: “Dear House Rep [Lastname], I am [Firstname Lastname from town, zip code]. I am calling to urge you and your colleagues to remove Devin Nunes as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. He has been unbelievably irresponsible with his power since Trump was elected, and on Saturday, we got proof of just how irresponsible he was. Every responsible intelligence expert who comments publicly agree that he misrepresented the Carter Page FISA documents. Some accuse him of ‘brazen dishonesty.’ Others accuse him of misusing his power and undermining national security to serve a political end. Regardless, it is long past time to remove him from his position on that sensitive committee before he can do even more damage. I urge you to urge your colleagues to prevail upon Speaker Ryan and do the right thing at long last.”

 

 

Once you’ve done that, please support Andrew Janz, the Democrat who’s running against Nunes and hopes to take his seat. Donate to his campaign, phone-bank for him, canvass for him, follow him on social media–anything helps.

 

See the OTYCD post on Andrew Janz and his campaign:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/06/09/keep-an-eye-on-andrew-janz-whos-running-for-devin-nuness-house-seat/

 

 

Read the NYT story on the document release:

 

Here’s a July 22, 2018 CNN article that cites Trump claiming the docs show the DOJ and FBI ‘misled the courts’ (they didn’t):

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/22/politics/donald-trump-fisa-tweet/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_source=twCNNp&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-07-22T14%3A04%3A58

 

 

 

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Call Your House Rep and Demand That They Do Everything They Can to Stop The Push to Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Call your House Rep and demand that he or she does everything they can to stop the push to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. 

 

Surely you saw or heard tell of the ridiculous hearing that the House Judiciary Committee did with fired FBI agent Peter Strozk on Thursday. Strozk (pronounced ‘Struck’) was the guy who sent thousands of texts back and forth with FBI lawyer Lisa Page while working on investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russia’s potential interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

 

Strozk had, and has, a good reputation within the FBI. Conservatives seeking to attack the Trump-Russia investigation fixed on his texts and claimed some of them showed bias against the president. In a show of caution, Mueller removed Strozk from the Russia investigation once he learned about the texts. (This happened around December 2017).

 

Anyway. We mention the July 12, 2018 Strozk hearing because it happened a day before the Department of Justice announced twelve more indictments in the Trump-Russia probe. These target, by name, Russian hackers who worked for the military and who interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

 

If you want to refresh yourself on that news, read this Washington Post piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-expected-to-announce-new-indictment-by-mueller/2018/07/13/bc565582-86a9-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html?utm_term=.6e0cff0021da

 

 

The larger point: The timing of the Strozk hearing could have been a desperate attempt to damage Mueller’s investigation before the new indictments went public on July 13, 2018.

 

We also know that Rosenstein briefed Trump about the coming indictments earlier in the week of July 9, before he departed for the U.K. Trump nevertheless continued to call the investigation “rigged” and a “witch hunt” on the day the news broke.

 

See a Business Insider piece that confirms that Rosenstein briefed the president about the coming indictments:

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-briefed-mueller-indictments-russian-hackers-2018-7

 

 

So! After all that happened, some House Republicans started making noise about impeaching Rosenstein.

 

According to a Politico story published that fateful Friday, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows apparently had the impeachment document in hand, on the floor of the chamber, as Rosenstein was giving the press conference about the indictments.

 

Evidently, a group of House Republicans have been plotting for weeks to impeach Rosenstein. They could file the document as early as Monday, July 16. They could also go with the less serious step of trying to hold Rosenstein in contempt of Congress.

 

Here’s the larger point: The Politico article says the group doesn’t yet have enough support from fellow House members to take these actions. It also notes that their mutterings make the chamber’s leadership uneasy. See these key paragraphs:

 

“It is unclear how much support conservatives will have in their effort. Rosenstein has become a punching bag for Trump and his allies as they vent frustration over the Russia investigation. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein has overseen the Mueller probe, which is also examining potential obstruction of justice charges against the president.

But House GOP leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan have clearly been uncomfortable with the notion of going after Rosenstein. It’s unlikely that will change anytime soon, especially so soon after the latest indictments. Ryan’s office was not immediately available for comment.”

 

Full Politico article is here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/13/house-republicans-rod-rosenstein-impeachment-719816

 

This is where you come in.

 

Yes, it’s a weekend, and your House Rep’s offices will be closed.

 

We are recommending you call your House Rep anyway and leave a voice mail message.

 

You can also choose to wait until Monday to call about this, but we at OTYCD wanted to get this post out before then in case those House members move to impeach on Monday.

 

Now, can these House members succeed in impeaching Rosenstein? Probably not. They would need a House majority to vote in favor.

 

That’s why you should make calling a priority. A firm pushback from their own constituents should strengthen their resolve.

 

Scripts follow. Scroll down for more discussion of why impeaching Rosenstein probably won’t happen, and how you can push back against the twerps in the House who are pursuing this clownish nonsense.

 

“Dear House Rep [Lastname,] I am [Firstname Lastname from town, zip code.] I am calling to ask you to oppose any attempts by your colleagues to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or hold him in contempt of Congress. Many of the same people who made fools of themselves at the Strozk [pronounced ‘Struck’] hearing on Thursday are trying to hobble Rosenstein. Like Thursday’s hearings, targeting Rosenstein is a politically motivated attempt to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s Russian connections. Nothing more. Mueller and Rosenstein both must be left alone to do their jobs. I am asking you to firmly and publicly rebuke any attempts by this small group of House Republicans to besmirch Rosenstein without cause. Thank you for listening.”

 

 

An April 2018 story in USA Today considered the notion that the House might succeed in impeaching Rosenstein, and generally threw cold water on it. The article gives a good overview of what has to happen for the motion to succeed, and explains how rarely such impeachments happen.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/29/can-trump-allies-really-impeach-deputy-ag-rod-rosenstein/550442002/

 

 

While we at OTYCD do not have a full list of the people who are trying to impeach Rosenstein or hold him in contempt of Congress, we’re betting there’s a lot of overlap with the membership of the House Freedom Caucus.

 

All members of the House of Representatives are up for re-election this year. See this OTYCD article to learn who is in the House Freedom Caucus so you can help vote them out in November:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/06/04/see-this-list-of-members-of-the-house-freedom-caucus-so-you-can-vote-them-out-in-november/

 

 

This is also a good time to remind you about the plans for mass protest if Trump provokes a constitutional crisis over the Trump-Russia probe.

 

If the House GOP actually gets anywhere with impeaching Rosenstein or holding him in contempt of Congress, that could trigger the mass protest plan. Here is the OTYCD post about the protest:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/12/prepare-for-a-rapid-response-in-case-trump-fires-special-counsel-bob-mueller/

 

 

Here also is a reminder to check the website and note where your local protest venue is in case things go to hell and take that website’s servers with them:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/01/note-where-the-nearest-nobody-is-above-the-law-rally-takes-place-now-just-in-case-if-trump-does-fire-mueller-or-rosenstein-etc-the-server-might-crash/

 

 

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See This List of Members of the House Freedom Caucus So You Can Vote Them Out in November

See this list of the current sitting members of the House Freedom Caucus, so you can vote them out in November.

 

The House Freedom Caucus is the most far-right group of Congresspeople within the House Republican Conference. While not everyone in it is thoroughly terrible–Michigan’s Justin Amash is clearly, and refreshingly, possessed of a functioning spine–they engage in shenanigans on the regular.

 

A recent notable beclownment was its drafting of articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in late April 2018.

 

North Carolina Rep Mark Meadows characterized the document as a “last resort” if Rosenstein continued to rebuff requests for information about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s involvement with Russia.

 

Anyone with a functioning brain realizes the HFC is trying to undermine Rosenstein, Mueller, and the probe. Reporting on the draft simply credits it to the HFC, and only names Meadows specifically in connection with the document.

 

News stories on the matter say nothing about who, exactly, drafted it, so we are left to infer that everyone in the HFC approves of it, even if they might not have personally worked on it.

 

In light of this, we’re devoting this post to listing every current, sitting member of the HFC so you can help vote them out in November 2018. If these folks represent you, you’re probably already well aware of their records. If they don’t, it’s worth learning about them and looking into helping their Democratic opponents. (Every member of the House of Representatives is defending their seats this fall, assuming they’re not retiring.)

 

Several of these names will be familiar from an earlier OTYCD post on eleven House GOP members who called for investigating Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Sally Yates, Hillary Clinton, and assorted Department of Justice personnel for bias. We have repeated information from that post where appropriate.

 

The HRC does not publish or otherwise identify its members. What you see below represents the best list available as of April 2018.

 

 

Justin Amash, representing Michigan’s 3rd District. As stated above, Amash is unusual for displaying consistency as well as a spine. Let’s be clear here–his politics are odious, but he does have that going for him. He also appears to vote more often with the Democrats, but that’s largely a function of him rejecting legislation because it’s not conservative or far-right enough for his tastes. Make of that what you will.

Amash is running for a fifth term. The primary takes place August 7, 2018. He will face one Republican challenger. There are also two Democrats and an Independent in the mix. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

Joe Barton, representing Texas’s 6th District. In November 2017, he announced that he would retire from Congress after a three-decade career in the House of Representatives. This statement came soon after news broke of his involvement in extramarital affairs. It should be said that no one has accused Barton of sexual misconduct or harassment, and the affairs were consensual. Regardless, he felt it best not to run again.

 

Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez will face Republican Ronald Wright and Libertarian Jason Harper in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Read OTYCD‘s post on Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/keep-an-eye-on-jana-lynne-sanchez-who-is-running-for-a-texas-house-seat-in-2018/

 

 

Andy Biggs, representing Arizona’s 5th District. He’s running for his second term. Five Democrats are running in the August 28, 2018 primary. No Republicans have stepped up to challenge Biggs; the filing deadline is May 30. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

Rod Blum, representing Iowa’s 1st District. He’s running for a third term, and he looks especially vulnerable. The 1st was a battleground district in 2016, and Politico has listed the race as one of the top 10 House races to watch in 2018. Four Democrats and a Green Party member will appear in the June 5 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as a Toss-up.

 

 

Dave Brat, representing Virginia’s 7th District. He first gained notoriety for his improbable defeat of the powerful GOP incumbent Eric Cantor. Brat won’t face any Republicans in the primary, but two Democrats and a Whig Party member (yes, you read that right, the Whig Party) will appear in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

Mo Brooks, representing Alabama’s 5th District. He’s running for his fifth term. The June 5, 2018 primary features one other Republican and a Democrat. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Ken Buck, representing Colorado’s 4th District. He’s running for a third term. Two Democrats will meet in the June 26, 2018 primary; he has no Republican challengers. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Ted Budd, representing North Carolina’s 13th District. He’s seeking a second term. He will face Democrat Kathy Manning and Libertarian Tom Bailey in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

Warren Davidson, representing Ohio’s 8th District. He won a special election in 2016, won the general later that year, and is running again this fall, where he will compete against Democrat Vanessa Enoch. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th District. He’s retiring from his House seat in order to run for governor of Florida. Three Democrats and five Republicans will appear in the August 28, 2018 primary. The filing deadline is May 4. As of September 2017, Nancy Soderberg had the most cash on hand among the Democrats. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Scott DesJarlais, representing Tennessee’s 4th District. He’s running for a fifth term. He faces one challenger in the August 2, 2018 primary, which will also have three Democrats and an Independent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Jeff Duncan, representing South Carolina’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fifth term. Two Democrats and a member of the American party will run in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Matt Gaetz, representing Florida’s 1st District. He’s running for a second term. Two Democrats and two other Republicans will meet him in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Tom Garrett Jr., representing Virginia’s 5th District. He sent mixed signals in late May, saying he wouldn’t run for a second term, and then saying he would. His re-election campaign appears to be on. He will face Democrat Leslie Cockburn, who won the most votes at the May 5, 2018 primary convention. Independent John Harris is running as a write-in candidate. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

Louie Gohmert, representing Texas’s 1st District. He was first elected to the House in 2004 and is running again. He will face Democrat Shirley McKellar and Libertarian Jeff Callaway in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Paul A. Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District. He is running for a fifth term. Three Democrats and a Green Party member will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Morgan Griffith, representing Virginia’s 9th District. He’s running for a fifth term. No challenger will meet him in the June 12, 2018 primary, but two Democrats and an Independent will appear. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Andy Harris, representing Maryland’s 1st District. He is seeking a fifth term. This is a crowded field. Six Democrats, including Allison Galbraith, two other Republicans, and a Libertarian have committed to the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

See the OTYCD entry on Allison Galbraith:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/support-democrat-allison-galbraith-whos-running-for-a-house-seat-in-maryland/

 

Jody Hice, representing Georgia’s 10th District. He’s running for a third term. The May 22, 2018 primary includes three Democrats, two other Republicans, and an Independent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Jim Jordan, representing Ohio’s 4th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He was first elected to the House in 2006. He will face Democrat Janet Garrett in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Raúl Labrador, representing Idaho’s 1st District. He is running for governor of Idaho in 2018. Republican Russ Fulcher and Democrat Christina McNeil will face off in November.  The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Mark Meadows, representing North Carolina’s 11th District (he’s also co-chair of the HFC). He’s seeking a fourth term. He will face Democrat Phillip Price in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Alex Mooney, representing West Virginia’s 2nd District. He’s running for a third term. He’s competing against Democrat Talley Sergent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Gary Palmer, representing Alabama’s 6th District. Like Mooney, he’s running for a third term. The primary happens June 5, 2018, but Palmer and Democrat Danner Kline are the only ones on the ballot in each case, and there are no candidates from other parties this time around. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Steve Pearce, representing New Mexico’s 2nd District. Pearce is in New Mexico’s gubernatorial race, leaving the House seat free in 2018. The primary takes place June 5, 2018, and features two Democrats and four Republicans. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

Scott Perry, representing Pennsylvania’s 4th District. In February 2018, the state’s Supreme Court threw out the old Congressional district map, deeming it illegally gerrymandered. What was the 4th now covers much of what was the 13th district. Perry does not appear to be running again, and the Democratic incumbent under the old map, Brendan Boyle, is seeking re-election in the 2nd District. Got that?

Democrat Madeleine Dean will face Republican Dan David in November. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Democratic.

 

Bill Posey, representing Florida’s 8th District. He first won election in 2008 and is running again. The primary is set for August 28, but only Posey and Democrat Sanjay Patel are on it, with no one from the smaller parties in the mix. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Mark Sanford, representing South Carolina’s 1st District. If the name sounds familiar, yeah, this was the guy who melted down as governor of South Carolina over extramarital affairs. Remember “hiking the Appalachian Trail”? Yeah, he’s that guy. Anyway, he won the House seat in a special election in 2013 and is running again. He faces two other Republicans in the June 12, 2018 primary. Two Democrats will appear as well. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Likely Republican.

 

David Schweikert, representing Arizona’s 6th District. He’s seeking a fifth term. The August 28, 2018 primary is crowded on the Democratic side, with five candidates, but clear on the Republican side, with Schweikert the only choice. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Likely Republican.

 

Randy Weber, representing Texas’s 14th District. He’s hoping for a fourth term, and is facing Democrat Adrienne Bell and Libertarian Don Conley III. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

See OTYCD‘s post on Adrienne Bell:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/05/26/support-adrienne-bells-run-for-the-house-seat-in-texass-14th-district/

 

 

Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fourth term. Three Democrats will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

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As for cites on the House Freedom Caucus…

 

Read about the HFC’s drafting of articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-allied-house-conservatives-draft-articles-of-impeachment-against-rosenstein-as-last-resort/2018/04/30/d78af412-4c97-11e8-b725-92c89fe3ca4c_story.html?utm_term=.5a0ab3b10263

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384217-impeaching-rosenstein-some-republicans-are-talking-about-it

 

Read the actual articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, obtained by the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/05/01/republicans-highly-political-articles-of-impeachment-against-rod-rosenstein-annotated/?utm_term=.402747613668

 

 

Read a USA Today Op-Ed on how the impeachment effort against Rosenstein represents a violation of ethical rules and an attempt to hobble Mueller’s probe:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/02/impeachment-articles-rosenstein-sabotage-russia-probe-column/572548002/

 

 

Read a CNN story on a Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee decrying the HFC’s shens:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/politics/david-cicilline-rod-rosenstein-impeachment-cnntv/index.html

 

 

Read stories about Rod Rosenstein standing firm in the face of the HFC’s threat:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/05/02/mark-meadows-rod-rosenstein-extortion-justice-department-mueller/573291002/

 

 

And read some background on the HFC:

http://time.com/4718360/freedom-caucus-donald-trump-what-to-know/

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Help Vote Out the Florida Legislators Who Refused to Open Debate on an Assault Weapons Ban in Their State

Help vote out the Florida legislators who voted against opening debate on a bill that would have banned assault weapons in their state.

 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School is located in Parkland, Florida. The Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre killed 17 and injured at least 14.

 

The first relevant bill to come up in the Florida legislature following the MSD shooting was HB 219, an assault weapons ban sponsored by Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat from Orlando, site of the Pulse nightclub attack in 2017, which killed 50. The killers in both the MSD attack and the Orlando incident used semi-automatic weapons, which are often called “assault weapons”.

 

The vote, conducted on February 20, 2018, was about moving the bill from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee to the House floor, so the full legislative body could begin debate.

 

The vote split along party lines: 36 Democrats voted yes, and 71 Republicans voted no. (Ten others did not vote, and three seats in the Florida house are currently empty.)

 

Some students from MSD were present in the chamber for the vote.

 

They already knew that federal-level representatives were not the only thing standing in the way of saner gun laws, but this was cold, hard proof of the fact.

 

The day after the vote, MSD shooting survivor and senior David Hogg (@davidhogg111) tweeted, “Hope you guys enjoyed being Politicians! “, and included a screenshot showing the name of each Florida house member and how they voted on whether to move HB 219 ahead.

 

If you live in Florida, please check this list and see how your state House rep voted. Call them or email them to thank them if they voted yes or scorn them if they voted no. If you don’t live in Florida, watch for campaigns by Sister District, Flippable, and Postcards to Voters (Tony the Democrat’s effort) that target Florida House candidates.

 

Every single member of Florida’s House will be up for re-election in November. Identify those who need to be voted out, and do what you can to make that happen.

 

 

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See the full roll call for how the Florida House voted on the question of moving HB 219 forward on February 20, 2018:

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/02/21/how-they-voted-the-roll-call-on-assault-weapons-ban/

 

 

Here’s another story on the same topic, but with contact info for each of the 71 Florida House reps who voted no:

https://www.local10.com/news/parkland-school-shooting/here-is-the-list-of-the-71-who-voted-against-bringing-hb-219-to-florida-house-floor

 

 

And here’s a New York Times piece on how righteously pissed-off MSD students are pressuring the hell out of Florida Republicans. It includes a photo of MSD students watching the February 20, 2018 vote:

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

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Learn Which 11 House GOP Members Asked the Department of Justice to Investigate James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, and Other DOJ Officials for Bias–And Vote Them Out in the Fall

See a list of eleven House GOP members who asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate former FBI head James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and other DOJ officials Trump has attacked on Twitter for bias, and vote these twerps out in the fall.

 

Devin Nunes is not the only House GOP member beclowning himself. Though they’ve got a ways to go before they match Nunes in the malevolent goon stakes, eleven sitting House GOP members signed a letter in mid-April 2018 asking the DOJ to investigate James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and other DOJ officials who have annoyed Trump.

 

They signed a letter that alleges pro-Clinton or anti-Trump bias on behalf of those prominent players and urges the DOJ to investigate. To wit, from the letter:

 

“Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”

 

Many of the eleven signatories have expressed or advanced egregious far-right statements, such as attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and demanding that Mueller step down, calling for a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, claiming that many mass murderers end up being Democrats (Claudia Tenney), sticking up for private prisons who want to pay prisoners a dollar a day for their work (Paul A. Gosar, Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz, Jody Hice)… you get the picture. Congress, and the American people, would be better off without them.

 

Below is a list of the eleven, with information about Democratic challengers. Unless otherwise specified, they’re assumed to be running for re-election in the fall.

 

These will be tough seats to take. The Cook Political Report rates most of them as Solid Republican, which is the strongest Republican rating it assigns. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, though.

 

 

Ron DeSantis, representing Florida’s 6th District. He’s retiring from his House seat in order to run for governor of Florida. Three Democrats and five Republicans will appear in the August 28, 2018 primary. The filing deadline is May 4. As of September 2017, Nancy Soderberg had the most cash on hand among the Democrats. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Andy Biggs, representing Arizona’s 5th District. He’s running for his second term. Five Democrats are running in the August 28, 2018 primary. No Republicans have stepped up to challenge Biggs; the filing deadline is May 30. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Dave Brat, representing Virginia’s 7th District. He first gained notoriety for his improbable defeat of the powerful GOP incumbent Eric Cantor. Brat won’t face any Republicans in the primary, but two Democrats and a Whig Party member (yes, you read that right, the Whig Party) will appear in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

Jeff Duncan, representing South Carolina’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fifth term. Two Democrats and a member of the American party will run in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Matt Gaetz, representing Florida’s 1st District. He’s running for a second term. Two Democrats and two other Republicans will meet him in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Paul A. Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District. He is running for a fifth term. Three Democrats and a Green Party member will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Andy Harris, representing Maryland’s 1st District. He is seeking a fifth term. This is a crowded field. Six Democrats, including Allison Galbraith, two other Republicans, and a Libertarian have committed to the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

See the OTYCD entry on Allison Galbraith:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/support-democrat-allison-galbraith-whos-running-for-a-house-seat-in-maryland/

 

 

Jody Hice, representing Georgia’s 10th District. He’s running for a third term. The May 22, 2018 primary includes three Democrats, two other Republicans, and an Independent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

Todd Rokita, representing Indiana’s 4th District. He announced that he would run against Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly for a Senate seat in 2018. Six Democrats and seven Republicans are in the May 8, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

Claudia Tenney, representing New York’s 22nd District. She’s running for a second term. The June 26, 2018 primary will be sparse. Only Tenney and Democrat Anthony Brindisi will appear. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as a Toss-up.

 

 

Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District. He’s running for a fourth term. Three Democrats will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

Read the April 18, 2018 letter that the GOP house members sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and John Huber, the U.S. attorney for the district of Utah:

Click to access 472EBC7D8F55C0F9E830D37CF96376A2.final-criminal-referral.pdf

 

 

Read April 2018 coverage on the letter from Business Insider and The Hill:

http://www.businessinsider.com/house-republicans-call-for-investigation-into-comey-clinton-doj-2018-4

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/383720-gop-lawmakers-demand-sessions-investigate-clinton-and-comey

 

 

Choose one of their Democratic challengers for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

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Read a WaPo story that quotes House Rep Matt Gaetz saying that Robert Mueller must step down immediately (scroll down to item 7):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/02/is-there-a-gop-conspiracy-to-discredit-the-trump-russia-investigation/?utm_term=.0bb60e325b95

 

 

Hear audio of New York GOP House Rep Claudia Tenney claiming ‘Many mass murderers” “end up being Democrats”:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/rep-tenney-many-mass-murderers-are-democrats/2018/02/22/4631fc92-17e8-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_video.html?utm_term=.dafe2c6ac14d

 

 

See a March 16 2018 Washington Post piece on GOP lawmakers who are OK with the notion of prisoners earning a dollar a day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/03/16/republican-congressmen-defend-1-a-day-wage-for-immigrant-detainees-who-work-in-private-prisons/?utm_term=.25cbe7245cb6

 

 

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See the Full List of Republican Members of the House Intelligence Committee, So You Can Vote Them Out In November

See the complete list of Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee so you can vote them out in November.

 

First, a recap. On Monday, March 12, 2018, the 13 majority members of the House Intelligence Committee, who are all Republican, voted to end the committee’s year-long investigation into possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russia. While they agreed that Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, the committee claimed to find no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

 

The nine Democrats on the committee, led by Adam Schiff, decried the abrupt closure and began preparing a report that would reveal the many ways in which their Republican counterparts failed to do their jobs.

 

Closing the House Intel Committee investigation is bullshit, and the Dems are right to call out their GOP colleagues on this. The bullshit is so rank, in fact, that we at OTYCD have compiled a list of the 13 House Republicans–all of whose seats are up for grabs in 2018–and the Democrats who hope to win them.

 

 

 

Devin Nunes is the current chair of the House Intelligence Committee and represents California’s 22nd Congressional District. He belonged to the executive committee of Trump’s presidential transition team, and he’s been the lead instigator of pro-Trump shenanigans throughout the lifespan of the committee’s Trump-Russia investigation.

 

Nunes appears to be running for a ninth term. He won his 2016 election with 67.6 percent of the vote. As of mid-March 2018, he is not facing any Republican challengers in the June 5, 2018 primary, but California conducts “top-two” primaries, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general.

 

Six Democrats are running in the primary: Bobby Bliatout, Ricardo Franco, Mallory Kremer, B. John-Michael Williams, Paul Vargas, and Andrew Janz. An Independent and a member of the American Solidarity party are also running.

 

OYTCD has a post in the queue devoted to Janz, and we will add a link here once it posts. In the meantime, see his Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Andrew_Janz

 

And see Andrew Janz’s campaign website:

https://www.andrewjanzforcongress.com

 

The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican. Ballotpedia also notes that Public Policy Polling conducted a survey in January 2018 that showed Nunes leading a generic Democrat by 50 points to 45 points.

 

 

 

Mike Conaway represents Texas’s 11th Congressional District, and has done so for six terms. He is running again in 2018. He was the committee member who announced the “no collusion” findings to the press.

 

Conaway won the Republican primary on March 6, 2018, and will face Democrat Jennie Lou Leeder in the fall. Both won their primaries with more than 82 percent of the vote. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

See Leeder’s Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Jennie_Lou_Leeder

 

 

See Leeder’s campaign website:

http://jennielouleeder.com

 

 

 

Peter King represents New York’s 2nd Congressional District. He initially represented the Third District, first winning election in 1992, and was redistricted into the 2nd in 2012. He is running for re-election.

 

As of mid-March, King faces no Republican opposition in the June 26, 2018 primary. Four Democrats are running: DuWayne Gregory, John Rennhack, Liuba Grechen Shirley, and Kevin Thomas. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Frank LoBiondo represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, and has done so since 1994. On November 7, 2017, he announced he would not run again, and cited the term limit on his House Intel Committee position as one of the reasons for retiring.

 

Four Democrats are running in the June 5, 2018 primary: Will Cunningham, Sean Thom, Jeff Van Drew, and Tanzie Youngblood. Seven Republicans are also running. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

 

 

Thomas Rooney represents Florida’s 17th District. On February 19, 2018, he announced he would not run again. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2008, initially in Florida’s 16th District.

 

The primary is relatively late, happening on August 28, 2018. Three Republicans are running as well as two Democrats: April Freeman and Bill Pollard. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District. On April 30, 2017, she announced she would not run again. Her tenure in the House of Representatives dates back to 1988, when she stood for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. While she won re-election in 2016, the contest was closer than she might have liked–she earned 54.9 percent of the vote to her Democratic rival’s 45.1 percent.

 

Quite a scrum of candidates will appear in the August 28, 2018 primary. In addition to seven Republicans and two Independents, ten Democrats are running: Mary Barzee-Flores, Marvin Dunn, Ken Russell, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Matt Haggman, David Richardson, Michael Hepburn, Mark Anthony Person, and Donna Shalala (yes, she is the same woman who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton). The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

 

 

Michael Turner represents Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2002 to represent the state’s 3rd District; redistricting in 2012 placed him in the 10th District, and he won that election. He intends to run again in 2018. He won his previous race with 64.1 percent of the vote to his Democratic challenger’s 32.7 percent.

 

The primary takes place on May 8, 2018. Turner will face two Republican rivals. Three Democrats are running as well: Theresa Gasper, Michael Milisits, and Robert Klepinger, who ran against Turner in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Brad Wenstrup represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. No Republicans have committed to run against him in the May 8, 2018 primary, but there is an Independent. He won his 2016 race with 65 percent of the vote to his Democratic opponent’s 32.8 percent.

 

There are three Democrats competing for the party’s nod: Janet Everhard, Jill Schiller, and William Smith, who ran against Wenstrup in 2016. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Chris Stewart represents Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. He faces one opponent in the June 26, 2018 primary. He won his 2016 race with 61.6 percent of the vote to his Democratic opponent’s 33.9 percent.

 

Also running are four Democrats: Shireen Ghorbani, Carol Surveyor, Misty Snow, and Randy Hopkins. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Rick Crawford represents Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District. He is running for a fifth term. He won his 2016 race with 76.3 percent of the vote to Libertarian Mark West’s 23.7 percent. (There was no Democratic candidate in 2016.)

 

The primary takes place on May 22, 2018. Crawford faces no challengers there. One Democrat, Chintan Desai, is running. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

See Chintan Desai’s Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Chintan_Desai

 

 

 

Elise Stefanik represents New York’s 21st Congressional District. She will run for a third term in the fall.

 

The primary takes place on June 26, 2018, and it is crowded. Stefanik faces two Republican challengers, and a Libertarian and an Independent are in the mix. A total of seven Democrats are running: Katie Wilson, Don Boyajian, Dylan Ratigan, Tedra Cobb, Patrick Nelson, David Mastrianni, and Emily Martz. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

 

Will Hurd represents Texas’s 23rd Congressional District. He is running for a third term. He squeaked through in 2016, beating Democrat Pete Gallego with 48.3 percent of the vote to Gallego’s 47 percent. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Lean Republican.

 

He handily defeated an opponent in the March 6, 2018 primary and is now waiting to learn which Democrat will be his opponent. The May 22 runoff will feature Gina Ortiz Jones against Rick Treviño.

 

See Ballotpedia’s page for Gina Ortiz Jones:

https://ballotpedia.org/Gina_Ortiz_Jones

 

See Ballotpedia’s page for Rick Treviño:

https://ballotpedia.org/Rick_Treviño

 

 

 

Trey Gowdy represents South Carolina’s 4th District. On January 31, 2018, he announced that he would not seek re-election to a fifth term.

 

Five Democrats will run in the June 12, 2018 primary: Chris Chastain, Eric Graben, J.T. Davis, Will Morin, and Lee Turner. Nine Republicans are running also. The Cook Political Report rates South Carolina’s 4th District as Solid Republican.

 

Since the House Intelligence Committee’s vote to shut down its Trump-Russia investigation (and remember, Gowdy voted to close it), he spoke against one of its findings, saying that Russia didn’t want to see Hillary Clinton elected and “motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”

 

Gowdy also made public statements defending Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller when Trump began attacking him on Twitter in mid-March. During a March 18, 2018 appearance on Fox News Sunday, he said: “When you are innocent … act like it,” as well as, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”

 

 

Add Democratic challengers to your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/22/choose-your-fabulous-four-for-2018/

 

 

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Read about the House Intelligence Committee’s abrupt closure of its investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, over the objections of the committee’s nine minority Democratic members:

https://www.vox.com/2018/3/12/17111492/trump-russia-collusion-probe-house-intel-committee

 

 

Read a Politico piece on Gowdy’s break from the findings of the House Intelligence Committee’s final Trump-Russia report:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/13/gowdy-russia-undermine-clinton-republicans-461612

 

 

Read another Politico piece on Gowdy pushing back in public on Trump’s mid-March Twitter attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/18/gowdy-trump-mueller-probe-469910

 

 

Read a Miami Herald piece about Donna Shalala’s interest in running for a Florida House of Representatives seat:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article200085999.html