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Many of us are angry and despairing at the political landscape, especially with the recent unprecedented threats to democracy itself in the United States.

Let's pool our brains and amplify our influence! Letters and phone calls to our elected officials make an impact, even if they don't always do what we ask, since they're ultimately concerned about "reelection, reelection, reelection".

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How To Write Letter to Congressional Representative.

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Guide to how to write letter to your senator

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2017 at 1:59pm

This letter is for my Democratic senator, but could be used for Democratic representatives with minor changes:

When Trump told Lester Holt at NBC, that Comey's dismissal was, at least in part, a product of "this Russia thing", he admitted to obstructing the federal investigation. The articles of impeachment that were being prepared against Richard Nixon before he resigned included obstruction of justice. Obstruction of justice was also the key charge in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Does Trump’s admission amount to impeachable obstruction of justice? This is one of the most serious crises in presidential legitimacy our nation has ever faced. We cannot trust the investigation into this matter to anyone else that Trump can fire. We must have a special prosecutor leading an independent investigation to find out.

Democrats -- led by Bernie Sanders in the Senate -- are uniting behind Medicare for All. For the first time ever a majority of House Democrats support the 'Medicare-for-All' Bill, H.R. 676. Now is our chance to extend healthcare for millions of Americans who deserve it. I urge you to support this when it reaches the senate.

Your constituents aren’t fool enough to buy the claim by Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, which was named Russia Law Firm of the Year in 2016, that his secret tax returns from the past 10 years showed no significant income from Russian sources. Only public tax record scrutiny is plausible. We assume that you’re not fooled either and continue to push for a presidential tax transparency bill.

Is Trump “merely” covering up treason or is he covering up racketeering too? A Dutch documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians, exposed a money trail into Trump's world of dark money and dubious business partners, with a deep look at the organized crime links and corrupt international business strategies used by Trump and his partners in his properties. While Trump denies his ties with Russia, many Russians have deep financial ties to him. For example, Trump helped hide the identity of his business partner in a Soho luxury tower, convicted Russian mobster Felix Sate. Another partner was Bayrock LLC, whose primary investor was a Russian mining oligarch. The law firm of Trump's political adviser Rudy Guiliani helped set up a money-laundering account in the Netherlands used by Bayrock. I urge you to call for an independent prosecutor not only in the legislature but unite Democrats’ public voice with this demand!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 13, 2017 at 1:57pm

This letter is for Republican legislators:

I agree with Yale historian Timothy Snyder that the Comey firing was a far more open admission of collusion with Russia than even a confession would be. The evidence has been overwhelming for a long time. Trump shared his political advisers with the Kremlin and Ukrainian oligarchs. Trump owed his success as a developer to mysterious inflows of Russian cash. He won on the Internet thanks in part to Russian trolls, bots, and fake news. Some of that information war ran through Cambridge Analytica. Trump’s first foreign policy speech was written by someone on the payroll of a Russian fossil fuels company. Carter Page was also working for the Russians. And that’s not even considering what has come to light about Michael Flynn. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner failed to mention his own Russian contacts to get security clearance. Sessions also lied by omission, perjuring himself to become attorney general, about his Russian contacts. Etc. Etc. When you include that Russia has been carrying out operations to derail democracy and support favored candidates elsewhere, the pattern takes shape.

When Trump told Lester Holt at NBC, that Comey's dismissal was, at least in part, a product of "this Russia thing", he admitted to obstructing the federal investigation.

Is Trump “merely” covering up treason or is he covering up racketeering too? A Dutch documentary, The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians, exposed a money trail into Trump's world of dark money and dubious business partners, with a deep look at the organized crime links and corrupt international business strategies used by Trump and his partners in his properties. While Trump denies his ties with Russia, many Russians have deep financial ties to him. For example, Trump helped hide the identity of his business partner in a Soho luxury tower, convicted Russian mobster Felix Sate. Another partner was Bayrock LLC, whose primary investor was a Russian mining oligarch. The law firm of Trump's political adviser Rudy Guiliani helped set up a money-laundering account in the Netherlands used by Bayrock.

Your constituents aren’t fool enough to buy the claim by Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, which was named Russia Law Firm of the Year in 2016, that his secret tax returns from the past 10 years showed no significant income from Russian sources. Only public tax record scrutiny is plausible. We assume that you’re not fooled either.

Trump has done far more to justify investigation than Richard Nixon did, yet today’s Republican senators and congressmen have, cravenly, been silent. As the Nixon library pointed out, all of the Watergate heroes were Republicans. Silence equals acquiescence. Silence equals conspiracy after the fact, in the greatest treason and racketeering scandal ever seen. I urge you to call for an independent prosecutor not only in the legislature but in a loud public voice!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2017 at 8:54pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2017 at 5:21pm

Here's a working link for the Esquire article Bertold mentioned. It's got a lot of good points to shame the GOP.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2017 at 5:03pm

Today's house letter:

I urge you to vote for H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, hopefully as soon as the House reconvenes the week of May 15th. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, would establish an independent commission of 12 non-governmental appointees to fully investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties to the Trump campaign. If Speaker Ryan fails to bring this bill to the floor immediately, Pelosi will file a discharge petition, allowing the bill to be brought to the floor without passing through committee. I urge you to support Pelosi’s discharge petition.

While a special prosecutor is clearly needed after the abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey, especially given the role AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein played in the decision, an independent commission is also needed to ensure a fair and thorough investigation. A special prosecutor will be able to press criminal charges if necessary, but he/she could still be controlled or even fired. An independent commission, however, would have more autonomy and will produce an extensive, conclusive report of its findings, including information of wrongdoings that may not warrant criminal charges but is still vital for the American public to know. Trump is an illegitimate president who is clearly desperate to cover up his relationship with Russia. He cannot be allowed to manipulate the government to hide his corruption.

Trump’s firing of Comey violated the essential spirit of US law. Have you ever seen a cover-up with no underlying crime? Trump’s attempt to extract a pledge of personal fealty, which Comey refused, and subsequent threat about “tapes” of their conversation sounds the “tyrant alarm”. I urge you to recommend that every other person Trump has appointed or nominated be questioned under oath about fealty demands.

I urge you to oppose the sham “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” created by Trump’s executive order, and any recommendations it might make. This clearly isn’t about protecting voters since Kris Kobach , who has four active lawsuits against him for infringing on voting rights, is in charge, along with Mike Pence, who has a long, documented history of making it harder to vote. Vigorously resist this latest attempt to use “alternative facts” to advance voter suppression.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2017 at 5:02pm

Today's letter to Republican Senator:

The Republican Party has been trying to whitewash Trump’s gross abuse of power. The President is trying to kill the investigation into his ties with Russia. It’s time for honest patriotic Republicans to Stand the !#@% Up. Have you ever seen a cover-up with no underlying crime?  The country’s leading presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said that the Comey firing was “a very troubling abuse of power. Donald Trump just behaved like a tyrant.” It only takes three Republicans in the Senate to refuse to confirm any Trump nominees until an independent special prosecutor is named. I urge you to put democracy above party loyalty. Support unbiased investigation over business as usual.

While a special prosecutor is clearly needed after the abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey, especially given the role AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein played in the decision, an independent commission is also needed to ensure a fair and thorough investigation. A special prosecutor will be able to press criminal charges if necessary, but he/she could still be controlled or even fired. An independent commission, however, would have more autonomy and will produce an extensive, conclusive report of its findings, including information of wrongdoings that may not warrant criminal charges but is still vital for the American public to know. Trump is an illegitimate president who is clearly desperate to cover up his relationship with Russia. He cannot be allowed to manipulate the government to hide his corruption.

Trump’s firing of Comey violated the essential spirit of US law. Trump’s attempt to extract a pledge of personal fealty, which Comey refused, and subsequent threat about “tapes” of their conversation sounds the “tyrant alarm.” I urge you to recommend that every other person Trump has appointed or nominated be questioned under oath about fealty demands.

I urge you to oppose the sham “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” created by Trump’s executive order, and any recommendations it might make. This clearly isn’t about protecting voters since Kris Kobach, who has four active lawsuits against him for infringing on voting rights, is in charge along with Mike Pence, who has a very long documented history of making it harder to vote. Vigorously resist this latest attempt to use “alternative facts” to advance voter suppression.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2017 at 5:02pm

Thanks for the Esquire article, Bertold. Today's letter to a Democratic Senator:

We cannot allow Republicans to wreak havoc on this nation and our lives while they help an illegitimate president cover up treasonous election fraud. Trump is clearly desperate to cover up his relationship with Russia. He cannot be allowed to manipulate the government to hide his corruption. Stop Trump and the Republicans. Shut down the Senate floor until we have a special prosecutor who doesn't answer to Trump. Only then will we get a fair investigation. Senate Democrats are already slowing Senate business down to a painful crawl by blocking unanimous consent, invoking obscure rules, forcing long roll call votes, and giving Republicans a taste of their own obstruction medicine. These delays will stop Trump from filling federal positions--including the FBI director who should investigate him--with right-wing white nationalists. They will also eat up a huge amount of legislative time and stop inhumane bills like the Obamacare repeal from becoming law. I urge you to support shut down of all Senate business until we get an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties.

Trump’s firing of Comey violated the essential spirit of US law. Have you ever seen a cover-up with no underlying crime? Trump’s attempt to extract a pledge of personal fealty, which Comey refused, and subsequent threat about “tapes” of their conversation sounds the “tyrant alarm”. I urge you to recommend that every single other person Trump has appointed or nominated be questioned under oath about fealty demands.

I urge you to oppose Trump’s sham “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” created by executive order, and any recommendations it might make. This clearly isn’t about protecting voters since Kris Kobach , who has four active lawsuits against him for infringing on voting rights, is in charge along with Mike Pence, who has a very long documented history of making it harder to vote. Vigorously resist this latest attempt to use “alternative facts” (i.e. lies) to advance voter suppression.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 11, 2017 at 12:50pm

Charles Pierce penned a masterful recap of the Watergate miasma and the obvious parallels.

ARE THERE ANY REPUBLICAN HEROES LEFT?
REPUBLICANS STEPPED UP DURING WATERGATE. WHO WILL STEP UP NOW?

[Esquire]

The accompanying readers' comments are well worth reading as well.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2017 at 12:08pm

Today's letter is for senate and house:

A Constitutional crisis threatens to burn the last shreds of US democracy! Trump’s suspiciously “convenient” firing of James Comey itself warrants independent inquiry and hearings, in addition to investigating Trump’s connections to Russia, and reinforces the need for the Attorney General to step down.

Sessions formally recommended Comey’s firing, after having recused himself due to lying under oath about Russian meetings. Sessions now has a duty to resign, or he should be impeached.  Trump appointee and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now technically overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, also colluded in Comey’s firing with a supporting paper quoting former Democratic and Republican officials to question Comey's actions.

It’s obvious that Trump will fire anyone who investigates his ties to Russia. Ken Dilanian of NBC reports, “Former senior FBI official tells me: ‘I believe the intent here is to replace him with someone who will close the Russia probe.’”

McConnell is giving a full defense of Comey’s firing. Every time news breaks about Trump and Russia, congressional Republicans claim to care about an investigation but backtrack when the news dies down. Fear and anger rein, as there’s nobody left we can trust to investigate an illegitimate administration that’s beholden to a hostile foreign power, rotten with conflicts of interest, and virulently attacking freedoms of speech, assembly and press.

I urge you to demand that Jeff Sessions resign and that his successor appoint a special prosecutor who can conduct a real, independent and thorough investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. I urge you to impeach Trump, and impeach Sessions if he fails to resign. I urge you to push for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election.

On another matter of concern:

The administration’s anti-science zeal – most recently demonstrated in the unjustified firing of half of the scientists from the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors – puts the US at risk when the next biohazard strikes.

The 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors advises the EPA on writing and organizing its strategic research action plans, the documents which guide the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. The Board of Scientific Counselors is not the same as that favorite target of anti-regulation Republicans, the EPA Science Advisory Board. Their work is highly technical and not at all political.

Of the nine scientists fired from the Board of Scientific Counselors, some appear to have no equivalent expert from private industry. Consider two. Less than three years ago when  the US faced an Ebola threat  two biosecurity experts on the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors, Paula Olsiewski, a biochemist of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Tammy Taylor, a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory assisted crisis managers. As part of Paula Olsiewski’s role on the Board of Scientific Counselors, she chaired the EPA’s homeland-security research subcommittee. The EPA’s homeland-security research team figures out safe disposal of dead animals and medical wastes from pandemic vectors such as bird flu, ebola, and SARS.

When bioterror or pandemic hits, will their replacements, whose expertise is maximizing industry profit, be competent as our biohazard “specialists”? Millions will die. I urge you to protect your constituents from anti-science stupidity and challenge these dismissals.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 10, 2017 at 4:15pm

Ruth, your letter in re: the Comey firing positively SIZZLES!  I just hope it has an impact.

 

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