Hey, how about that tidal wave of scandal news this week? Here is a quick round-up:
- Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russians. (WaPo) (To make matters worse, this is the meeting where he barred the US press but not Russia’s)
- In June House leadership discussed how Putin was financing Trump, swore each other to secrecy while at the same time showing outrage about Hillary’s emails. (WaPo)
- Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than was previously reported, before he came to the White House. (NYT)
- Flynn vetoed a U.S. military operation against ISIS that Turkey opposed, while working as an unregistered agent for Turkey. (McClatchy)
- The Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians. (Reuters)
The good news is that a special counsel has been appointed to run the FBI’s Russia investigation, as we demanded after last week’s set of Trump scandals.
We cannot say this better than Senator Kamala Harris:
The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is independent in that he can choose whether or not to consult with or inform the Justice Dept about his investigation. And he is empowered to press criminal charges. His order is to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as other matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.”
On the choice of Mueller for the position, the New York times said:
While this is good news, we still also need an independent commission made up of citizens who do the investigating, not government employees who are subject to a chain of command under Trump. This is especially important since it is Trump and Sessions who will pick the new FBI director. The independent commission proposed by HR 356 would have 12 members, citizens with national recognition from relevant fields, selected by the top leaders of each party in both chambers. The commission would choose a chair and vice chair representing each party. Unfortunately we need GOP votes for this bill to pass.
We hope you will be joining us at our meeting on Sunday! Our Action Leaders will tell us what went on in their Member of Congress meetings this past month. We’ll discuss topics important to the future of Stand Up SF, like how to get involved (or not!) in 2018 mid-term elections and State legislation. And much more!
Stand Up SF Actions through this weekend
Support Sen Harris and sign her petition to Denounce Trump for sharing classified information with Russia.
Trump has nominated climate denier and oil industry shill David Bernhardt to be Number 2 at the Department of the Interior. Call and ask Sen Feinstein to vote NO (script).
Despite the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into the Russian government’s interference in our 2016 election, he recommended that Director Comey be fired, and is now involved in selecting Comey’s replacement. Call and ask Senator Feinstein to publicly demand that AG Sessions resign.