Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have begun to issue indictments in their investigation of Russia's 2016 electoral interference. On October 30th, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a former Manafort business partner, surrendered to federal authorities. A few weeks later on December 1st, it was revealed Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn had agreed to a plea deal in exchange for cooperating with the investigation. However, even before Manafort, Gates, and Flynn were formally charged, Trump surrogates such as Sean Hannity, Sebastian Gorka, and Jeanine Pirro had already begun calling into question Mueller's impartiality and demanding Mueller's resignation.
In Congress, Republicans have hinted they want to wind down their own investigations of Russian collusion by the end of 2017, with the House Intelligence Committee failing to schedule any witness interviews for 2018. Clearly, Republicans are doubling down on their loyalty to this troubled administration and are attempting to diminish, obscure or outright kill the investigations of Trump's Russia ties. This obstructionism must be met with a clear, unequivocal commitment by Congress to let Mueller do his job. Without making clear that Trump will face consequences, legally or politically, for possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections, they are giving Trump the green light to continue to abuse his power and end Mueller's investigation.
Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have introduced bipartisan legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire Mueller, providing the investigation the protection it needs from an unpredictable president. As Mueller's team pursues action against criminal perpetrators in the Russia investigation, every member of Congress must allow the legal process to proceed to its natural conclusion.
Who To Call: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, Representative Richmond or Scalise.
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
[IF CALLING THE SENATE] I'm calling to urge the senator to support S.1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It’s the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.
[IF CALLING THE HOUSE] I'm calling to urge the congressman to make a public statement that the firing of Special Counsel Mueller by Trump would be completely unacceptable. It's the duty of Congress to serve as a check on Trump and prevent him from sending our democracy into a tailspin.
Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
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This call adapted from 5calls.org.