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July 26, 2017

BREAKING: James Comey fired-Tell Congress: Start an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia


Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn just resigned after he was caught in a lie about communication with Russia.1

But here’s the scary, yet unsurprising, part: Trump’s administration knew Flynn lied about Russia an entire MONTH ago. And leaks from Trump aides say the only reason Trump pushed him out was because of news stories about the incident.2Things were so bad, that Flynn was under threat of being BLACKMAILED by the Russian government.3 Trump is putting our country’s safety and democracy at risk. Now isn’t the time to let him and his fascist administration’s lies go unchecked.

It’s past time for Congress to investigate Trump’s administration–and they need to do it NOW before it’s too late.

Tell Congress: Start an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

This is first and foremost about democracy. While Trump is lying about millions of voter fraud cases, the real threat to our democracy is  Putin’s involvement in our election and Russia’s illicit ties to Trump and his administration. But even more threatening is Congress’ refusal to do anything about it. Black people have fought to make our democracy real and we won’t stand for any threats, foreign or domestic, to our ability to participate in free and fair elections.

There’s too much evidence pointing to a cover-up of what could be acts of treason by Trump’s administration. Let alone the terrifying reality that Trump and the Russian government might have rigged the 2016 presidential election.  During the 2016 presidential campaign, phone records indicate that members from Trump’s campaign team had repeated contact with senior Russian officials a year before the election.4 Even Trump said at a campaign rally that “he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.”5 More disturbing, a report released publicly in January by U.S. intelligence agencies revealed that the Russian government intervened in the presidential election.6 And now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who campaigned aggressively for Trump, is refusing to remove himself from any role that would involve an investigation.7 But Congress has a unique opportunity to once and for all stand up to Trump and his illegitimate presidency.

Demand Congress investigate Trump and restore the integrity of democracy back into the hands of the people.

We certainly cannot rely on Senate Republicans to do any investigation. A transparent, fair and honest investigation should be:

  • run by an independent commission that can formulate a much broader and deeper investigation than the Senate Republicans on the Intelligence Committee.
  • contain public hearings that require testimony from President Trump, Vice President Pence, Attorney General Sessions and other top aides in the Trump administration.
  • and should force the administration to release all relevant tapes, documents, and records.

What the Trump Administration is doing is more than an insult — it’s an injustice. For every battle to dismantle Jim Crow and abolish “separate but equal” laws, to make sure a person has the right to vote, to earn a fair wage, to gain access to quality education, to hold police and prosecutors accountability, to live and love freely, Black people have been on the frontlines. Too many people will suffer from Trump’s attack on our democracy — we can’t let that happen.

Congress can no longer pretend there’s a real leader in the White House. This has gone on long enough.

We knew this all along. The Trump administration is corrupt. First, Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates. Now, Trump’s fired Director of the FBI, James Comey, who was leading the investigation into his ties to Russia. The writing’s on the wall. Michael Flynn resigned because he had close ties with Russian contacts. We cannot forget Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his involvement with Russian Ambassadors — and still got confirmed as Attorney General. This administration can’t keep getting away with their lies. But Trump is putting up a dangerous fight anyways. It’s clear that Donald Trump is running over anyone who stands in the way of his authoritarian governance, and now he has the opportunity to appoint an FBI Director who will do help him do his dirty work. So far over 73,000 Color of Change members have demanded Trump be investigated.

Our democracy is at risk. We need a transparent, fair and honest investigation run by an independent investigator more than ever.

Demand Congress appoint an independent investigator now.

Sign the petition. 

Until justice is real,

Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Anay, Clarise, and the rest of the Color Of Change team

References:

  1. “GOP Senate Intel Member: Exhaustive investigation into Trump-Russia connections needed following Flynn resignation, ” CNN, 02.14.2017.  http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7476?t=9&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w

  2. “Flynn’s Downfall Sprang From ‘Eroding Level of Trust’,” The New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7477?t=12&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w
  3. “White House was warned Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia, ” CNN, 02.14.2017 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/7478?t=14&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w
  4. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=16&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w

  5. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=18&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w

  6. “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7479?t=20&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w

  7. “Jeff Sessions Resists Pressure to Remove Himself in Russia Inquiries, New York Times, 02.14.2017 https://act.colorofchange.org/go/7480?t=22&akid=7428.1603708.6pfC_w


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One Response “BREAKING: James Comey fired-Tell Congress: Start an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia”

  1. May 11, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Do it now. No time to waste

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