BREAKING: Paul Manafort, President Trump’s ex-campaign chair, and his business partner Rick Gates were indicted on Monday for tax fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. But more significant than even those indictments was the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia while acting as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. Papadopoulos has been cooperating with Mueller’s team as part of his plea deal.
With the investigation picking up steam, and a cooperative witness tied directly to the Trump campaign, no wonder Trump has already considered firing Mueller.
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress that would limit Trump’s ability to fire the Special Counsel or otherwise interfere with his investigation.
Congress must take action IMMEDIATELY to ensure Trump can’t interfere in Mueller’s investigation.
Call your lawmakers today to ask them to co-sponsor and support the Special Counsel Integrity Act and Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735, S. 1741, & HR 3771):
- Elizabeth Warren (202) 224-4543
- Edward Markey (202) 224-2742
- Bill Keating (202) 225-3111
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Here’s an idea of what to say:
The American people deserve answers about Russian meddling in our elections — and whether or not President Trump, his campaign or his associates were involved or obstructed justice to cover it up. Please co-sponsor the Special Counsel Integrity Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S.1735, S.1741, & HR 3771), the bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller’s investigation and that of future Special Counsels.
Investigations into complex criminal enterprises take time. The Manafort and Gates indictments and Papadopoulus’ guilty plea are the first, but likely not the last, criminal charges and plea deals that will result from Mueller’s investigation.
We must be prepared for anything. We know Trump, when cornered, punches back. If Trump fires Mueller, it will trigger a constitutional crisis like we haven’t seen since Watergate.
Congress must put country over party and act now to protect Mueller’s independence and send the White House a signal that any interference in the Russian investigation crosses a red line.
Thanks to Common Cause for background and script for this action.