DACA Under Siege by Trump and AG Jeff Sessions

Last week, Trump pardoned Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a notorious national symbol of racism who refused court orders to stop his racial profiling in his zealous multi-year campaign of persecution against Latino communities. Now, one week later, Trump is throwing MORE red meat to his anti-immigrant and white supremacist supporters by going after immigrant kids, once again undermining American values in order to feed the bigotry of his extreme base. 

This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced to the world that we, as a nation, can no longer be trusted to keep its word, that our word is no longer our bond. You see, in a stunning act of cruelty even for Trump, he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions announce termination of key parts of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective six months from now, upending the lives of 800,000+ young people. That 

DACA recipients – often referred to as DREAMers — were brought to the US as children and for many of them this is the only country they’ve ever really known. Under the DACA program, they registered with the government and passed background checks in exchange for being able to work, pay taxes, and feel secure in their homes without the fear of deportation.

Many on the anti-immigrant Right who have been fighting against DACA since Day One have focused their criticism on the way in which it was done – with an executive order by President Obama. They have claimed that the real problem was just that Congress didn’t pass the law – so now it’s up to Congress to call their bluff and pass the DREAM Act.

Congress needs to act now to protect our investment in their education and assimilation before Trump releases his hordes of ICE thugs to begin deportation of DREAMers as their 2-yr authorizations come up for  renewals. And we even have a head start, because the bill already has bipartisan support!

Congress can undo this outrage by passing the DREAM Act of 2017, which would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other young undocumented immigrants who graduate from US high schools and attend college, enter the workforce, or enlist in a military program.

In the Senate, the DREAM Act is sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) … we need to demand that the Senate make this bipartisan bill a priority, to get relief to the DREAMers who need it.

Petition:  << Tell Congress to PASS the DREAM Act of 2017 without delay! >>

Or, better yet, take a moment from your day and call or write your members of Congress and ask them to expedite bringing the Dream Act of 2017 [ House bill#:  H.R.3440 / Senate bill#: S.1615 ] to the floor for a vote AND to vote for its passage:

House Democrats Call for Outside, Independent Commission to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties

Dear Democratic Colleague,

It has been reported that days before President Trump fired Comey, the FBI Director had asked for more resources for the Russian investigation.  Given Director Comey’s confirmation of the Trump-Russia inquiry, the President’s actions raise questions about whether this dismissal was an attempt to undermine that investigation. The fireworks at the Department of Justice demand that we remove the investigation from the Trump-appointed Justice Department leadership.

It is clear that in the 2016 campaign, the Russians interfered with the election by hacking and leaking information.  It is also clear that during the campaign there were repeated contacts between the Russians and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.  It is further clear that the public deserves to know the extent to which there was collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign to influence the result of the election.

I am calling upon Speaker Ryan and Republicans in Congress to join Democrats to support H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act to create an outside, independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia connection.  One hundred percent of House Democrats support this bipartisan bill.

Speaker Ryan must call up this legislation immediately upon our return next week.  If Republicans continue to work to hide the truth from the American people, it will be necessary for Democrats to file a discharge petition to force a vote on the Swalwell-Cummings measure.

If the President has nothing to hide, then he should welcome the creation of a commission providing an independent investigation to remove all doubt of a coverup.

I hope we can move forward in a bipartisan way to protect the integrity of our electoral system and the rule of law, both of which are fundamental to our democracy.

I welcome your thoughts on this critical issue.

Best Regards,

/s/Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Ted Lieu to Deputy Atty Gnrl — It’s Time!

REP. LIEU LEADS LETTER TO DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENSTEIN REQUESTING APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL

Today, Representative Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County), along with Representatives Kathleen Rice and Stacey Plaskett, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein formally requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia. The Representatives – all former prosecutors – believe Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations compels Mr. Rosenstein to appoint a Special Counsel.  As a result, the Representatives’ letter stresses that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein must follow the procedures set forth in Part 600.1 of Title 28, which would cause him to appoint a Special Counsel immediately.

In the letter, the Representatives write:

“As former prosecutors, we know that governmental investigations must be independent and free of conflicts of interest. Because you serve at the pleasure of the President, it is our belief that you have a conflict of interest and cannot exercise true independence into an investigation that may implicate the President. Moreover, your significant role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey—who was leading a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia—has placed you into direct conflict with the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation.”

“The Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and—(a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and (b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.  CFR § 600.1.”

The full text of the letter can be found HERE.

With the Pressure On—Sessions Recuses

The Trump administration is facing a new scandal as the Justice Department has acknowledged Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. This contradicts sworn testimony Sessions gave to Congress during his confirmation hearing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a news conference. The Justice Department confirmed yesterday that Sessions met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, two separate times during the 2016 election.

We’re Witnessing A Dramatic Difference in Governance Philosophy

Eleven Senators have formally written to AG Sessions requesting him to immediately appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate collusion with the Russian government by General Flynn and other Trump campaign, transition, and Administrative officials.

  • Tammy Baldwin
  • Richard Blumenthal
  • Cory Booker
  • Sherrod Brown
  • Thomas Carper
  • Richard Durbin
….
  • Chris Van Hollen
  • Patric Lehy
  • Edward Markey
  • Jeff Merkley
  • Thomas Udall

That’s from the Democratic Senators.  On the other side of the Congress, two members of the US House, Oversight & Government Chair, Jason Chaffetz, and Judiciary Chair, Bob Goodlatte, just sent a request to DOJ Inspector General  Michael Horowitz (with a “cc” of that letter to the Ranking Member of the Oversight & Government Cmtee, Democrat Elijah Cummings) demanding an investigation to determine WHO is leaking information (which led to the resignation of Flynn and which is damaging trust in trump).

I do believe we’re witnessing a dramatic difference in governance philosophy.

Rep. Titus to NV-AG Laxalt

Given that Nevada’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism, Rep. Dina Titus (NV-CD1) sent an official letter today to Nevada’s Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, imploring that he join with other states’ AGs to oppose and reject the president’s executive edict discriminating against not just Muslims entering our country (for business or vacation) from seven specific middle eastern majority-Muslim countries, but an edict that impacts individuals who have lived in our country for years and who have “green cards” identifying them as LEGAL resident aliens.

So far all we’ve heard from Mr. Laxalt is crickets, but for the moment, let’s talk a little bit about Green Card holders.

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Muslim GREEN CARD holders, meaning resident LEGAL aliens, who just happen to have gained their “right to life” through the misfortune of being born in certain countries our apprentice president wants to scapegoat, have been prohibited from reentering the country for 90 days if they happened to be traveling. They were detained at airports and prohibited from returning to their homes.

Do you understand what this means?

It means that if they have lived in New Jersey for 20 years with their family and were just unlucky enough to have been traveling for business or just merely on vacation, they are now forbidden to return HOME for 90 days. Will they lose their jobs? Will they lose their homes? Where will they go in the meantime? Will they stay at a hotel? Or will they be residing as homeless folks on some street corner in some other nation?

It also means that if a mother happened to have gone to her father’s funeral abroad at this unlucky time and tried to return home to her children, she was prohibited from doing so by executive fiat. She’s not allowed to do so for 90 days. Who’s taking care of her children? Will she lose her job that helps to put food on the table for her children? Will some state take them away from her for abandonment?

Don’t even try to tell me this is just about the need to conduct proper vetting. These people are GREEN CARD holders. A green card holder is a LEGAL alien. He or she has essentially the same rights as a citizen with respect to residency and employment. They HAVE been properly vetted. These actions against them are 100% ILLEGAL.

But the absurdities with this Executive Edict doesn’t stop with Green Cards.

Already, Doctors coming to our country to perform critical care for U.S. patients have been turned away. People who need critical surgeries that have been scheduled at major critical care hospitals, e.g., Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, etc., are being told they will not be allowed to travel to the U.S. and enter the U.S. for critical surgeries which in some cases will lead to their imminent deaths.

Interpreters who worked closely with our troops in hostile areas, who have already gone through extensive vetting, and whose lives would be in jeopardy in their home country, who have the proper paperwork and visas in hand were being refused.  Luckily, legal personal stepped in to remedy the situation.

The acting U.S. Attorney General has indicated the Justice Dept. will NOT defend the president’s executive order.  But, Sen. Jeff Sessions, the president’s choice for US-AG will be up for a vote shortly and it’s rumored that Mr. Sessions is in lock step with the president.  Given that, you need to realize that if it can be them today, it can be you and me tomorrow! And if that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, you are not paying attention. Those are NOT actions that take place under a Democracy.

Ethics, Conflicts of Interest and Confirmation Hearings

With the advent of the incoming #trump administration backed up by a Republican-led Congress in both houses, it’s become ever more important that we speak up, loudly and en masse, when actions are proposed that are contrary to what we the American people, their constituents, espouse.

We saw that at work this last week when House Republicans approved an amendment to place the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) under the oversight of the House Ethics committee, eliminating its independence and restricting its jurisdiction.  The OCE currently operates as an independent congressional body that reviews conflicts of interest and other ethics requests made by any member of the public. It has jurisdiction over members of the House alone.

The Goodlatte amendment was adopted by only those in a Republican caucus meeting in the dead of night, a meeting no Democrat could attend to dissent.  The amendment was quickly pulled from the rules package that was subsequently voted upon on the floor, largely in response to thousands of constituents who took time from their day to contact their lawmakers, expressing their disgust, that the 115th’s Republicans’ first action would be to gut ethics.

PEOTUS trump may have tweeted that gutting ethics isn’t the place to start (notice that he was just indicating his displeasure with their timing, not the action), but it was constituents who overloaded DC’s switchboard that got the attention of Republican Representatives in the House.

This week will bring more opportunities for advocacy.

Happening Tuesday/Wednesday, the Senate will jam through confirmation hearings for SEVEN nominees for which vetting has not been completed and for which the Senate has not received “certification” from the Office of Government Ethics.

In case you weren’t aware, the Ethics in Government Act requires that presidential nominees to be confirmed by the Senate must obtain OGE-certification of their financial disclosures prior to any congressional hearings. Some of those nominees have not yet provided their financial disclosure documentation. And, given the billionaire global stretch of their documentation, review and analysis of their documentation, certification that there are no conflicts of interest or ethical challenges is going to take a staff of analysts considerable time.

In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that “the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me” and that “it has left some of the nominees with potentially unknown or unresolved ethics issues shortly before their scheduled hearings.” Shaub also noted, “I am not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process.”

Here’s that letter:

Republicans say they expect the missing documents to be submitted for all the nominees eventually and are pushing to confirm individuals who may not pass the test.  Then what are we to do? It’s not like they can impeach or remove someone from a position to which they never should have been confirmed in the first place.  And, given that they’re all supporters of trump, what’s the likelihood he’d ask them to step down.  Good grief, even he hasn’t provided his own financial documents to show he has no conflicts of interest and would act in the best interests of the American people and not just in his own interests.

“This is ridiculous. @realDonaldTrump’s nominations can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock.  Cabinet officials must put our country’s interests before their own. No confirmation hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case.” — Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

“The Office of Government Ethics letter makes crystal-clear that the transition team’s collusion with Senate Republicans to jam through these Cabinet nominees before they’ve been thoroughly vetted is unprecedented.” Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Confirmation hearings will be held for the following nominees on Tuesday and Wednesday despite incomplete background checks, security checks and ethics certifications.

Atty GeneralHomeland SecurityState DeptCIADept of EducationDept of LaborDept of Commerce

Sen. Jeff Sessions, for Attorney General (Tuesday/Wednesday)
As the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, the attorney general is charged with protecting the rights of all Americans. Senator Sessions’s record reveals a history of racially hostile remarks, as well as positions on LGBT rights, capital punishment, abortion rights, and presidential authority in times of war that have been contested by the ACLU and other civil rights organizations.

In his confirmation hearings, senators, the media, and the American public should closely examine his stances on key issues. The American public deserves an attorney general who can uphold the Constitution on behalf of all Americans.

  • Author of the “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority,”  which blames immigration for the loss of high-paying jobs and high “welfare dependency” in the United States. Also called for a slowdown of legal immigration.  (Source)
  • Once said of Dominican immigrants: “Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society.” (Source)
  • He criticized the Obama Administration’s decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which was a critical step in ensuring marriage equality for all Americans. (Source)
  • Defended President-Elect Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. (Source)
  • Referred to the Voting Rights Act, a law that simply demands that every American’s right to vote is protected, as a piece of “intrusive legislation.” (Source)
  • Supports a federal prohibition on marijuana use. (Source)
  • Once prosecuted civil rights activists for registering black voters. (Source)
  • Allegedly labeled the ACLU and NAACP “un-American” groups who “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” (Source)
  • Argued that stop-and-frisk programs are Constitutional, saying that “it’s all about how that is done.” (Source)

Votes taken by Jeff Sessions

  • Supports a national 20-week abortion ban (Source), and has a 100% voting record from the National Right to Life Committee. (Source)
  • Voted to defund Planned Parenthood (Source) and called for the Justice Department (which he is being nominated to lead) to investigate PPFA (Source).
  • Was one of only 21 senators to oppose the McCain-Feinstein amendment on torture, which explicitly bans the CIA from using torture. (Source)
  • Leading opponent of bipartisan efforts in 2007 and 2013 to pass immigration reform bills. (Source)
  • Voted to reauthorize and expand provisions of the Patriot Act. (Source)
  • Voted against the Violence Against Women Act. (Source)
  • Opposed USA Freedom Act and other surveillance reform measures. (Source)
 Gen. John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security (Tuesday)

  • As the General in charge of the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility, Kelly publicly criticized efforts to close Guantanamo (Source) and was accused by Obama Administration officials of working to undermine the President’s efforts to close the facility. (Source)
  • Opposed and publicly criticized the integration of women into military ground combat units, arguing it would lead to lower standards. (Source)
  • Defended the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”, such as waterboarding and rectal feeding. Kelly went on to dismiss the criticisms of human rights groups as “foolishness”. (Source)
  • Testified in support of an officer caught urinating on talibani  corpses. (Source)
  • Supports the imprisonment of terror suspects without trial. (Source)
  • Criticised by Amnesty International for his “unsafe and  inhumane” treatment (Source) of Guantanamo detainees on hunger strike to protest their imprisonment. (Source)
  • Supports the war on drugs and opposes legalization or decriminalization of any drugs, including marijuana. (Source)
  • A proponent of border security, Kelly believes that “no wall will work by itself” and has warned about the “existential threat” that unchecked migration poses for the nation. (Source
 Rex Tillerson, for Secretary of State

  • CEO of the only Fortune 500 company to have ever received a negative score on the HRC’s Equality Index. (source)
  • Eliminated anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees of ExxonMobil. (source)
  • Resisted multiple attempts by shareholders to implement anti-discrimination corporate policies. (source)
  • Eliminated benefits for same-sex spouses of ExxonMobil employees. (source)
  • Accused of developing oil wells and pipelines on the sacred lands of Indigenous Peoples. (source)
  • The government has found “substantial evidence” of anti-gay bias in ExxonMobil’s hiring practices. (source)
  • Tillerson’s business relationship with Russia dates to the 1990s, when he assumed responsibility for all of ExxonMobil’s holdings there. In 2011 the company forged a deal with Russian oil company Rosneft, which at that time was 75 percent owned by the Russian government. The deal gave ExxonMobil access to Arctic oil deposits, and Putin attended the signing ceremony. In 2013 the two companies expanded their partnership. That year, Tillerson received the Order of Friendship from Putin. (Source)
  • Although he’s acknowledged climate change, he rejected resolutions that would have pushed the ExxonMobil’s resources toward renewable energy
 Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Director of the CIA

  • Called for Edward Snowden’s execution. (Source)
  • Criticized the Obama administration’s ban on enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding. (Source)
  • Labeled Muslims who fail to condemn acts of terrorism as “potentially complicit”. (Source)
  • Opposed same-sex marriage (Source)
  • Spoke at a conference organized by ACT! For America, which has been designated an extremist anti-Muslim hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Source)
  • Supports resumption and expansion of the NSA’s data collection program. (Source)
  • Called Roe v. Wade “one of the worst decisions” of the Supreme Court. (Source)
  • Against the closure of the Guantanamo detention facility. (Source)

Votes taken by Rep. Pompeo

  • Sponsored a bill to resume and expand the NSA’s data collection program. (Source)
  • Co-sponsored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. (S0urce)
  • Defended interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and “rectal feeding” as “within the law”. (Source)
  • Voted to extend the Patriot Act’s “roving wiretaps” provision. (Source)
  • Co-sponsored legislation to prevent any detainees being transferred from the Guantanamo detention facility. (Source)
 Betsy DeVos, for Secretary, Dept of Education

  • No Degree in Education
  • Never had a child who attended a public school
  • Contributes significant funding (Source) to organizations that seek to limit women’s reproductive freedom, including:
    • Americans United for Life
    • Baptists for Life
    • The Becket Fund
    • Citizens for Traditional Values
    • Foundation for Traditional Values
    • Justice Foundation
    • Right to Life of Michigan Education Foundation
    • Texas Justice Foundation
    • Thomas More Law Center
  • Has been labeled the “four star general” of school vouchers (Source), which have repeatedly been challenged in the courts by the ACLU for undermining the separation between church and state, enabling discrimination, and lowering educational outcomes. (Source)
  • Supports the Center for Individual Rights (Source), an organization largely concerned with overturning affirmative-action legislation. (Source)
  • Contributed to the Southeastern Legal Foundation (Source), which works to overturn affirmative action and voting rights legislation. (Source)
  • Established the DeVos Center for Religion and Society, which funds research and publications opposed to same-sex marriage and transgender rights. (Source)
  • Financially supports (Source) a number of organizations opposed to LGBT equality, including:
    • Center for Military Readiness, which opposes allowing LGBT people to serve in the armed forces (Source);
    • The Family Research Council*, which lobbies against same-sex marriage, same-sex civil-unions, and LGBT adoption (Source); * This organization has been labeled an extremist anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Source)
    • Focus on the Family, an advocacy organization that promotes “conversion therapy” and opposes same-sex marriage and LGBT adoption (Source);
    • Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, an opponent of same-sex marriage (Source);
    • Towards Tradition, whose founder argued that it was “insane” that gays were not quarantined during the AIDS crisis (Source);
    • Thomas More Law Center, which fought the legalization of same-sex marriage through the courts (Source).
 Andrew F. Puzder, Secretary, Dept. of Labor

  • Crafted a state law limiting access to abortion and declaring that life begins at conception. (Source)
  • Forced to settle a lawsuit alleging that a Black employee suffered retaliation for whistleblowing racist behavior by a supervisor. (Source)
  • Represented, pro-bono, anti-abortion activists who physically prevented women from accessing family planning services. (Source)
  • Accused of sexism for a series of fast food advertisements featuring women in bikinis. (Source)
  • Charged with domestic abuse by his ex-wife while serving as Chair of the Missouri Task Force for Mothers and Unborn Children. (Source)
  • Maintains a Political Action Committee which donates to the campaigns of numerous anti-choice candidates. (Source)
  • His fast food franchises have repeatedly been accused of discriminatory behavior by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. (Source)
Wilbur L. Ross Jr., Secretary, Dept of Commerce

  • Earned the nickname “King of Bankruptcy” during his time at Rothschild Inc.
  • According to a 2004 New York Magazine profile of Ross, he controlled 1.2 billion tons of coal reserves at the time.
  • In August 2016, WL Ross & Co. agreed to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission a $2.3 million fine because the company failed to tell investors how it calculates fees for some funds. According to Reuters, Ross agreed to “voluntarily” return the excess fees with interest to investors, in addition to the FEC fine.
  • According to Reuters, Ross agreed to “voluntarily” return the excess fees with interest to investors, in addition to the FEC fine.
  • In September 2011, W.L. Ross & Co. was among a group of five American and Canadian investors who purchase a 34.9% stake in the Bank of Ireland. Ross’ share is 9.3%.  (He sold WL Ross & Co. to investment management firm Invesco in 2006 for about $375 million, but has remained its chairman and chief strategy officer.)
  • Has been called him a “vulture investor” for preying on weak companies, sometimes slashing jobs and pensions to turn a profit.
  • Has global investments that could raise questions as to conflicts of interests.

 

 

The Facts Behind Comey’s Unprecedented Letter

By now, you’ve probably heard some news about a bewildering letter sent to Congressional leaders by the Director of the FBI. Republicans received their copy first.  Congressional Democrats didn’t receive a copy until it Republicans had promulgated it on wrong-wing media sites.

This is all a bit confusing, and much of the reporting has been misleading or downright inaccurate, so I want to take a minute to walk through this. Bear with me!

Here’s the quick backstory: In July, FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long investigation by deciding not to go forward with any case about Hillary’s emails. It wasn’t even a close call, he said. In his words, “no reasonable prosecutor” would have brought charges.

In a surprise to us all, Comey wrote a very strange letter to Congress that was long on innuendo and short on facts. He said that in a completely separate investigation, the FBI had found some emails that may or may not be related to Hillary, and indeed may or may not be significant at all.

With so much confusion emanating from FBI Director James Comey’s vague and unprecedented letter, and Republicans actively working to distort its contents, HFA National Press Secretary Brian Fallon explains what we actually know in a new video released Sunday. According to news reports yesterday, Director Comey wrote his letter before reviewing any of the emails to determine their relevance to Hillary Clinton. Other reports said senior officials at the Justice Department warned Director Comey that his letter would violate long standing department policy. Many other legal experts and prosecutors on both sides of the aisle don’t believe he should have taken this action. But, now that he has, the American people deserve all of the facts.

It has since been reported that these emails may not have even been sent by or to Hillary; that they are on a laptop for which Hillary has no access or control; that they have not read them as they haven’t yet sought a subpoena to allow them to be read; that they weren’t withheld by Hillary or the campaign in the earlier investigation; and most or even all of them may be duplicates of emails already in the FBI’s possession.

It’s being reported that Comey sent this letter over the objections of Department of Justice officials who told him that it was inconsistent with longstanding policy of both Democratic and Republican administrations not to take action that might impact an election. It’s an unprecedented intrusion into a close presidential election with a little over 8 days until Election Day.

But by being vague and obfuscating, Comey opened the door to conspiracy theories, Republican attacks against Hillary, and a surge of fundraising for Trump and his team. So this bears repeating: There is no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing, and no indication that any of this even involves Hillary.

Voters deserve answers.

Comey needs to come clean with the American people about what he found and answer all the questions about why he took this unprecedented step less than two weeks before the election.

Here’s what this changes for you and this campaign: Absolutely nothing.

Trump has spent more than a year trying to bully his way to the presidency. He’s been browbeating the FBI (indeed, many have speculated that Comey took this extraordinary action in part to reduce the pressure on his agency that Trump’s campaign and his Republican Congressional allies has been building up), leading crowds in chants of “lock her up,” and even saying Hillary should be in prison — and if he won, he’d put her there.

The facts be damned — Trump’s always shown a complete disregard for the truth. In spite of there being no new information, he’s already raising money off the bizarre letter (he literally sent a text message asking for money within an hour of the story breaking!) and he’s more fired up than ever on the trail today.

These are the actions of a desperate man. Trump knows he can’t win on his character, temperament, or his policies. He’s behind, so he’ll cling to whatever he can.

So, no, our strategy doesn’t change. But our intensity needs to, because we can’t let him get away with this.

Our organizers and volunteers on the ground are rallying behind Hillary in what will be the biggest volunteer weekend of the campaign so far. You need to get her back, too. You need to say you’re not willing to let Trump bully or buy his way into the presidency, and you’re not going to let anything stop our candidate’s pursuit of the Presidency!

If you haven’t already done so, take advantage of the early voting schedule to cast your vote early.  If that’s not possible, make sure you show up on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and vote for Hillary Clinton for President, Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senator from Nevada, and Chip Evans for U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada’s Congressional District #2.

We’re Waiting … Will Sen. Heller Vote NAY on Yet Another High Profile Female?

Senate Republicans Must Stop Delaying Attorney General Confirmation

— by CAP Action War Room

It has been 124 days since Loretta Lynch was nominated to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. In that time, the 50th anniversary of Selma reminded us that we have a long way to go to achieve equal voting rights; Ferguson re-entered the news with a report detailing egregious racism in the police department and its repercussions; a new coalition of groups working on criminal justice demonstrated a bipartisan commitment to reform; and a moving tribute at the Grammy awards proved that these issues go far beyond politics.

In all of these issues, the Department of Justice plays a vital role. And its head, as the top law enforcement officer in the United States, leads the way. Ms. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is a highly qualified nominee for the position. While some Republicans used her confirmation hearing as a chance to voice their out-of-touch views on President Obama’s recent immigration action or the departing Attorney General, she excelled in answering questions and impressing a bipartisan group of Senators.

So what is the hold up? Here are 5 reasons to quit delaying and confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

  1. She has been more than fully vetted. On top of her confirmation hearings, Lynch submitted detailed responses to 900 written questions and met individually with at least 59 senators.
  2. She is a proven, well-qualified leader. Lynch has a proven record of prosecuting hate crimes and corruption, and a reputation of being committed to protecting human rights and ensuring equal opportunity.
  3. She has a wide array of support. Senators from both sides of the aisle support Lynch, along with 25 former U.S. Attorneys from Republican and Democratic administrations. Rudy Giuliani said, “if I were in the Senate, I would confirm her.” Rudy Giuliani!
  4. She has waited longer than any other Attorney General nominee. Loretta Lynch’s nomination has been pending for 124 days, more than a month longer than any other in history
  5. She would make history. Loretta Lynch would make history by being the first African-American woman to become Attorney General. What better way for the Senate to celebrate Women’s History Month and the legacy of Selma than to confirm Lynch.

Bonus: The movie Goodfellas was based on one of Loretta Lynch’s cases. She’s got what it takes.

BOTTOM LINE: When issues of racial inequality, voting rights, criminal justice, and more are front and center in our nation’s dialogue, it is no time to be playing games with our nation’s top law enforcement officer. Loretta Lynch has proven herself, and the Senate has had ample time to deliberate. Now its time to bring the nomination to the floor, and vote to confirm.

 


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