TWW Roundup: Hopes and Dreams

by | Jun 12, 2017 | News, Weekly Report

Last week Trump proved once again that he really needs a dictionary or thesaurus in his office. He claims that James Comey’s testimony proves there was no obstruction of the Russia-gate investigation. When a person in power tells their subordinate that they “hope” they can let something go, they are by definition obstructing that investigation. When that person then proceeds to fire that subordinate, thereby stopping the investigation…well, isn’t it obvious?  

In a classic example of the pot calling the kettle sooty, Trump is accusing Comey of lying and claims he has “tapes” of the conversations–which he has yet to produce. Both Houses of Congress have now requested any tapes or records of meetings Trump had with Comey. Over the weekend Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked to testify in order to address claims Comey made about him during his testimony. Democratic leaders will have plenty of questions for Sessions, but we can only hope that the hearing will be public and not private.  

Harris Persisted

One notable observation of the Russia-gate hearing, is that Republicans will not give a straight answer. In a scene similar to the one in which Mitch McConnell (R-KY) censured Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for continuing to speak after he attempted to silence her, Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) attempted to stop Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) from continuing to question Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The man who appointed Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel to investigate Russia-gate, and who will now work with Mueller, could not give Harris a yes or no response as to whether or not he will give Mueller complete independence.  

Senator Harris, a former county prosecutor and Attorney General of California, refused to be silenced. Women like Harris and Warren are leading the Resistance to Trump and his cronies on Capitol Hill, and making names for themselves in the process. Many are dreaming of team Harris-Warren in 2020!

Legislation and Lawsuits

The attorney generals of Maryland and D.C. plan to file a major lawsuit against Trump this week for violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. And while the nation was glued to their televisions watching Comey testify last week, the House passed legislation that will undo most of the regulations passed in response to the financial crisis of 2008 under the Dodd-Frank Act. The GOP claims that these regulations have stymied the economy when in fact, the banking industry reported record earnings last year.

This sneaky move once again proves that the GOP is only interested in lining their pockets and those of their wealthy cronies on the backs of working and middle class Americans. Behind the scenes, the GOP continues to pass legislation when the public isn’t watching that will decimate our country and our Democracy. Stand up! Be counted! Call your members of Congress. Oppose their heinous and harmful legislation!

Pride and Prejudice

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has named June 2017 #PrideResistEnlist month. Rainbow flags flew all across the country this past weekend as the LGBTQIA community and allies marched in support of equality and to resist the Trump Administration’s anti-LGBT agenda. June is LGBTQ Pride month and today is also the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people. Fly your rainbow flag in pride, anger, sadness, support, and hope. Visit HRC’s website to learn how to join a summer of action advocating for LGBTQ rights.   

Sources

CNN, Senators try to quiet Harris, but she doesn’t back down and House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

L.A. Times, Sessions says he will testify Tuesday to answer questions about Russia raised by Comey and attorneys general of Maryland and D.C. plan ‘major lawsuit’ against Trump           

The New York Times, Calling Comey a liar, Trump says he will testify under oath

The Washington Post, House passes sweeping legislation to roll back banking rules

Time, Activists display a mixture of pride and anger at LGBT marches across the U.S.

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