PROTECT RULE OF LAW: PREVENT TRUMP’S INTERFERENCE WITH RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
By repeatedly threatening the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and Special Counsel Mueller, Trump has taken our nation to the brink of a constitutional crisis. Incensed by an unrelated FBI subpoena for his private attorney’s records earlier this week, he’s again floating the possibility of firing Rosenstein and shutting down Mueller’s legitimate investigation into Russia’s attacks against our democracy.
Despite continued opposition from GOP leadership, two bipartisan bills languishing in the Senate were combined into the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act which will be heard by Judiciary Committee on April 19, with a vote the following week. The proposed Act:
• codifies existing DOJ requirements that only a Senate-confirmed DOJ official can remove special counsel with the provision of written reasons demonstrating misconduct or good cause
• provides expedited judicial review within 10 days of firing; if it’s determined that there was not good cause, the special counsel will be reinstated
• preserves staffing/documents/materials of the investigation while the matter is pending
Congress must act immediately to preserve the rule of law, prevent a constitutional crisis, and make clear shackling/shutting down Mueller’s investigation would be massive abuse of power and an obstruction of justice—positions with wide bipartisan support.
Without firm Congressional pushback,
Americans will have no choice but to take to the streets!
**ACTION 1: Call Complicit Greg Walden and our Senators**
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Complicit Greg Walden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am outraged by Trump’s threats to fire Deputy Attorney-General Rosenstein and shut down or impede Robert Mueller’s investigation. Congress must move swiftly to protect the integrity of Mueller’s investigation. I am demanding that Greg Walden PUT COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY and push for (1) immediate passage of the House version of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, once it gets through the Senate, and (2) a joint resolution of Congress censoring President Trump for trying to insulate himself and his inner circle from the rule of law by seeking to shut down the Mueller probe. No one is above the law. Mr. Walden remains complicit with Trump’s attempt to destroy American democracy until he does something about it. Please tell him he is on the wrong side of history and will be judged harshly. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senators Merkley and Wyden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent and voter from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am outraged by Trump’s threats to fire Deputy Attorney-General Rosenstein and shut down or impede Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Senate must move swiftly to protect the integrity of Mueller’s investigation. I am asking the Senator to push for (1) immediate passage of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act and (2) a joint resolution of Congress censoring President Trump for trying to insulate himself and his inner circle from the rule of law by seeking to shut the Mueller probe down. Thank you.”
**ACTION 2: SIGN up to attend a “NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW” rally if Trump fires Rosenstein or Mueller**
Should Trump create a constitutional crisis by firing Rod Rosenstein or Robert Mueller or otherwise impeding Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election before Congress takes steps to rein in Executive excesses, pledge to attend a “Nobody is Above the Law” rally. Our response to Trump’s power grab will determine whether Congress exercises its constitutional power/duty to rein Trump in.
ORD2 Indivisible plans to hold a FLASH rally in response to any action taken to fire Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller or to end the Russian investigation. If any such move occurs BEFORE 2:00 p.m., we will meet to rally at 5:00 p.m. that same day. If the action takes place AFTER 2:00 p.m., we will rally at noon the next day. The ORD2 hosted rally, if needed, is planned for Vogel Plaza in Medford. There are additional non-ORD2 Indivisible hosted rallies planned for Ashland Plaza, downtown Ashland on North Main Street, the Josephine County Courthouse in Grants Pass and the Klamath County Courthouse in Klamath Falls.
You can find an event near you here: NobodyIsAboveTheLaw.org
**ACTION 3: REMEMBER THIS FOR THE MIDTERMS: ASK WHERE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES STAND ON THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION**
It is the duty of Congress, as a separate co-equal branch of government, to guard against abuses of the Executive. Our elected officials need to make clear that firing Mueller or otherwise impeding his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is an abuse of power that would result in a constitutional crisis. To date, Congress has refused to exercise this power and take meaningful steps to constrain President Trump. This midterm election, make sure your candidate spells out how he or she intends to guard against Executive overreaching and to protect the ability of the Special Counsel to conclude his investigation without interference from the White House.
COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
SENATOR RON WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
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