Last Thursday we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already impaneled a grand jury as part of the investigation into the potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Yet even though Trump has gone on vacation, rumors still persist that he will try to fire Mueller, in the hopes of ending the investigation.
Four Senators (Tillis & Coons, and Graham & Booker) have announced two bipartisan bills that would limit the power of the president to fire special counsel, by requiring a panel of judges to review the case for removal.
The two proposals differ on when the panel would get to weigh in on the decision. In the Graham & Booker proposal, the judges would have to first review the firing before it could take effect; in the Tillis & Coons proposal, the special counsel could be fired, but he would be allowed to contest it in court, and the judges would have two weeks to decide if it was acceptable.
Even though our Senators are now officially on recess, we should call them and urge them to support this bipartisan legislation when they get back in session.
WHO TO CALL:
Senators Kennedy and Cassidy
Senator Bill Cassidy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130 (NOTE: If you can't get through to Metairie, try one of the other offices, such as Monroe: (318) 324-2111, Lake Charles: (337) 493-5398, or Alexandria: Phone: (318) 448-7176)
Senator John Kennedy - DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and MONROE OFFICE (318) 361-1489
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!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling today because I'm concerned that Trump may attempt to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller before he finishes the investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. I want the Senator to support the bipartisan legislation proposed by either Tills and Coons or Graham and Booker, which would protect the special counsel should Trump attempt to abuse his power and order the Justice Department to fire Mr. Mueller.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.