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Daily Action: Ask Our Senators To Keep Up Pressure On Trump-Russia Ties


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000

Short Script for Feinstein and Harris:

Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator Harris'/Feinstein's in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank her for her strong statement after Trump's firing of James Comey. I hope she will continue to demand an independent investigation into Trump's ties with Russia. With the administration and congressional Republicans hopelessly compromised, our national security depends on insistent voices in the Democratic Party! Please let Senator Harris/Feinstein know she has my support for the strongest possible reaction to this crisis. Thank you. 


BACKGROUND
Yesterday, President Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who was tasked with investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential elections. Trump claimed the reason for Comey’s firing was his handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation, and his mishandling of testimony before Congress on that topic two days ago. However, Trump’s motives and timing are suspect, considering the stream of revelations in the media concerning Trump's campaign and its ties to Russia.

After firing Comey, Trump has positioned himself to appoint the new FBI Director who will look into his own potential misdeeds. However, even as many Democrats (including her California colleague, Sen. Kamala Harris) angrily renewed their calls for an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia matter, Sen. Dianne Feinstein took a measured approach in her response to Comey's firing. Her statement read: "President Trump called me at 5:30 p.m. and indicated he would be removing Director Comey, saying the FBI needed a change. The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee."

Earlier this week, we learned that Trump waited 18 days to fire MIchael Flynn as National Security Advisor after his White House Counsel learned that Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Trump’s inaction on that matter -- combined with the slow-moving investigations by House and Senate committees led by Republicans -- raises alarming questions about Republicans' ideological motives and competence to get to the bottom of Trump's Russia ties. Democrats have suggested either that Congress appoint an independent commission, or that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoint a Special Prosecutor. (Rosenstein is in charge of the Justice Department's handling of the matter, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pressured into recusing himself because of his own Russia conflicts.)