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Action-A-Day 2/15: Demand Investigation into Russian Ties

ACTION:
Demand that Congress launch a bipartisan investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, before & after the election.

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We need a thorough, immediate and transparent investigation into Moscow's interference in our election, and Donald Trump's relationship and financial connections to Russia. The American people deserve to know the extent of the Kremlin's influence in this administration.

This should not be a partisan issue. It is outrageous that some Republican members of Congress are putting party loyalty above our nation's security and the integrity of our democracy.

BACKGROUND:
Natl Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned Monday 2/13 due to accusations about his dealings with Russia. The Washington Post reported that, contrary to previous denials from Flynn and the administration, he privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador in the month before Trump took office.

On 2/14, The New York Times reported that Trump was told weeks ago that Flynn withheld the truth about his talk with the ambassador -- raising questions as to why no action was taken until the story broke. David Frum (former speechwriter for George W. Bush) tweeted on 2/14 that the developing story is "about the appearance of payback to the Russians to reward them for tipping the election to Trump."

WHY IT MATTERS:
Many observers suspect that Flynn's assurances to Russian about the sanctions likely were directed or even authorized by others in the administration. Dan Rather is comparing this developing scandal to Watergate. The question "What did the President know, and when did he know it?"is the real issue -- not whether Flynn misled Mike Pence or others about his call with the ambassador.

Although many GOP leaders in the House (Reps. Paul Ryan, Jason Chaffetz, Chris Collins, David Nunes) continue to deflect calls to investigate, momentum is building in the Senate, even among some Republicans, for a broad investigation. It is important not to let the GOP bury this story. The White House wants to make Flynn the scapegoat and suggest that his resignation resolves their Russia problem.

LEARN MORE
A good overview: 
http://www.newyorker.com/…/its-time-for-a-proper-investigat…

Timeline of events:
http://www.npr.org/…/michael-flynn-left-the-trump-white-hou…

CONTACT
House Intelligence Committee - Majority Staff 202-225-4121
Urge the Republican chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (CA), to launch a formal investigation. (Nunes has said he will only investigate leaks from the intelligence community, not Flynn. This is an attempt to divert attention.)

Senate Intelligence Committee - 202.224.1700
Senate Republicans have suggested the committee will look into the election interference and Trump/Russia. Let them know that you expect a transparent and nonpartisan investigation.

Senator Ben Cardin
https://www.cardin.senate.gov/
Email your thanks for his call for a broad investigation. Also thank him for joining a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017, which would require Congressional approval before sanctions are lifted.

Senator Chris Van Hollen
https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/
Email your thanks for his call for a full investigation & urge him to continue speaking out on this.

Your Representatives in the House
Ask your rep to support Rep. Jerry Nadler's Resolution of Inquiry, which would force House debate on Russian election interference and Trump's conflicts of interest.

The Washington Post on the strategy behind the Resolution of Inquiry: "Republicans can shut the resolution down by party-line votes..., but Democrats get to air their demands — and force Republicans to take votes that will be seen as enabling Trump, Flynn and others to cover up their misconduct."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/a-brand-new-angle-for-de…/…

TWEET
Tweet your demands for a Trump/Russia investigation. 
Hashtags amplify your message: #TrumpRussia #TrumpPutin #RussiaGate
Thank / retweet @AdamSchiff, @MarkWarner, @RepJerryNadler and others.