Call of the Day: Demand Congress Put Country Over Party

Wow.  The past couple of days have just been, … wow.

On May 9th, Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  Trump then went on national television and admitted that the FBI's Russia investigation was part of his reason for doing so.

Then, it was reported (and confirmed by POTUS on Twitter!) that he shared highly classified information (like, Manhattan Project levels of classified) during a meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak the day after firing Comey.

Oh, and that intel was from Israel, who is now publicly questioning whether or not they'll be sharing any additional intel with us in the future.

Oh, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to share transcripts of the Lavrov-Trump meeting – meaning that the Russians brought recording devices into the Oval Office.

Oh, and Sergey Kislyak was the same man who disgraced NSA Director General Michael Flynn called to promise to remove sanctions, leading to HIS firing; and whose contact with Jeff Sessions led to the Attorney General recusing himself on the Russia investigation.

Oh, and now the WaPo and others are reporting that in a private conversation in February, Donald Trump specifically asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation.

Gone cross-eyed yet?  I know I have.

This has gone on long enough.  We can't wait any longer.  The Department of Justice needs to appoint a special prosecutor to continue the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, and into any ties between Trump and the Russian government.

Congress has a responsibility and a duty to protect our democracy, even from the president.  Yet some of our Senators want to continue business as usual – including Bill Cassidy, who's been in several bipartisan healthcare talks.  Business should not continue as usual when our democracy is under threat.  We need a special prosecutor, and we need it NOW.

WHO TO CALL:

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

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

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (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 am calling to let the Senator know that I want him to call for an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia, especially in the wake of Trump's shocking firing of the man leading the FBI's investigation and his own revelation that he shared classified information in a reckless manner.  Moreover, I want this investigation to be fully funded, independently staffed and as open as the classification levels allow.  It has never been more important for the Senator to put country before party.

Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.

This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.