It is becoming harder for Trump to keep Russia a-husha. Hooray for the Department of Justice’s appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel this week! But we can’t be stop there.
As House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said on May 18, the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials isn't enough, and a special commission should be created. While Mueller is well respected (and for good reason), here are reasons why we need a Special Commission, too.
First, the Special Counsel will keep their investigation secret. This means that at the end of the investigation (which could take years) if Mueller finds that he can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a U.S. law was broken, there will be no public report disclosing what was done. Also, the focus of the Special Counsel is narrowly anchored to the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, while congressional Democrats want to investigate how Russia is planning to impact our future elections. Finally, as Neal Kaytal, who literally wrote the rules on Special Counsel explains, Mueller is still in Trump’s chain of command.
That’s why all-of-us need to continue to put pressure on our MoCs. Last week we asked you to call your senators. This week we are focusing on breathing life back into a few bills that have been laying on the floor of the House. Here are the deets:
- H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, is legislation establishing an outside, independent commission to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia as well as an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and future elections.
- The Republican leaders of the House have stopped the legislation from moving forward.
- Democrats are now forced to use a procedure known as a "discharge petition" to force a vote.
- Democrats need 23 Republican signatures on this petition and have only 1. One down, 22 to go.
All-of-us must make sure our representatives support this legislation.
1. Log in or create a new account to see your representatives’ positions on an independent commission on Russia (click on "full profile"). If you can't login, let us know. You can also see where your MoCs stand in this NYT article or check if your Representative supports the legislation by looking at the bill itself.
2. Use this script, which can be modified based on your representatives’ position.