C2A: Demand an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia ties now

by | Mar 1, 2017 | Actions, News

Together We Will USA is calling on all of our members and affiliates to pressure their local representatives and senators to demand an independent investigation into the Trump administration’s conflicts of interest with Russia. Americans deserve a nonpartisan inquiry to help us understand the extent of Russia’s meddling in our democracy.

Trump’s potentially unsavory ties to Russia have been extensively documented but underreported in the mainstream media. To what extent have Trump and his advisors been compromised by Russian interference based on business investments or other sensitive issues? There are too many unanswered questions.   

Why now?

Several weeks ago there was a push for an independent commission to uncover the facts, but Republican leaders refused. Mother Jones reports why we might not be able to trust lawmakers to investigate Trump’s Russia ties. Now, major news outlets including CNN and the Washington Post are reporting that the administration is trying to influence the top two GOP leaders of the ongoing investigation committees.

Just last week, a Washington Post article revealed that the Trump administration enlisted the two Republican congressmen overseeing the current House and Senate investigation committees, Rep. Devin Nunes and Senator Richard Burr, to call news organizations to “challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives.”

Nunes and Burr have admitted to contacting reporters to do just that “at the request of White House Communications aide.” In addition, the WaPo article also notes that the White House recently acknowledged reaching out to the FBI during the FBI’s ongoing investigation to encourage federal law enforcement officials to contact reporters and downplay the Trump administration’s links with Russian operatives. The FBI denied the request.

 

Take action

Given the most recent developments, it is time to push members of Congress to insist on an independent commission for a full investigation. Together We Will USA has groups across the country with more than 350,000 members, which means we can make a huge impact. We are calling on our affiliates to join efforts and focus our energies on pressuring members of Congress to select a special prosecutor to lead an unbiased investigation.  

  1. Get up to speed on Trump’s odd relationship with Russia. Watch this timeline of three Trump-Russia scandals.
  2. Call your members of Congress every day until an independent, nonpartisan investigation is established. We want Trump’s business dealings with Russia to be revealed and his taxes released. We want lawmakers to know that TWW members will hold them accountable until we have a transparent report of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.

Example script for calls:

“I live in [your town or city], am a regular voter, (mention if you have voted for the official) and would like Senator X / Representative X to insist on an independent commission into the Russian interference in our elections and possible ties to Trump’s administration. This is a make or break issue. It is not a matter of right versus left, this is about ensuring the integrity of our entire democratic system.”