Call of the Day: Block Confirmation of Trump's Justice Dept Appointees

This script is adapted from 5calls.org:

Last week the Trump administration's story on why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey changed and changed and changed again.  (That is, until last Thursday afternoon, when Trump admitted to NBC News that he was thinking specifically of shutting down the Russia investigation when he fired Comey.)

As more information comes to light, its become clear that the Justice Department has acted as Trump's enabler.  The supposedly recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly recommended Comey's firing.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo that was used as the justification for the firing.  Under Trump, the Justice Department is quickly losing credibility, and its handling of the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible connections to the Trump campaign has raised more question than answers.

That's why we can't let the Senate confirm any more of Trump's appointees for the Justice Department.  How can we tell if those appointees can be trusted to act fairly and independently, or if they'd just be toadies installed to shut down the Russia investigation?  The Senate should refrain from confirming any new Justice Department appointees until an independent special prosecutor is appointed to handle the Trump-Russia investigation, therefore reassuring the American people the investigation will be carried out fairly and thoroughly.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed cloture already for the confirmation of Rachel L. Brand as Associate Attorney General, the #3 position in the Justice Department behind Sessions and Rosenstein.  This means her confirmation will likely be scheduled for a final vote on the Senate floor sometime this week. 

WHO TO CALL: 

Sen. Bill Cassidy - in DC at (202) 224-5824, and in Metairie at (504) 838-0130

Sen. John Kennedy - in DC at (202) 224-4623, and in Lafayette at (337) 269-5980

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (your town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent.  Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way.  Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message.  And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

Sample script -

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  I don't need a response. 

I'm calling to demand that the Senator block the confirmation of Rachel Brand as Associate Attorney General until a special prosecutor is appointed for the Russia investigation.  The American people need to be assured that the investigation will be safe from political corruption before any new Trump appointees are installed in the Justice Department.

Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.

This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.