The Other March Madness
DAY 67 ACTION: Call the House Intelligence Committee! Demand open hearings into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, or an outside investigation.
“And then obviously, there’s been some discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.” – Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, 3.20.17
As of last night, we’re down to the Final Four in NCAA college basketball. But there’s another March Madness underway – the many new revelations about possible links between Trump’s campaign and Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.
At the start of the month, Attorney General Sessions had to recuse himself from all election investigations, after it was discovered that he, too, had spoken with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign. Then, last week:
- FBI Director Comey testified the Bureau is investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia;
- House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes told Speaker Ryan, the White House, and then the public that U.S. intelligence agencies had intercepted communications by Trump campaign staff – and perhaps Trump himself – when surveilling foreign targets;
- The AP reported that from 2006 to 2009, Paul Manafort was paid $10 million/yr by a Russian billionaire to help Putin by influencing politics and media coverage in the US, the EU, and former Soviet Republics (while living in Trump Tower); and
- Nunes cancelled tomorrow’s House Intelligence hearing.
These developments are deeply unsettling, which may be why 66% of Americans want an independent commission to investigate this mess.
This Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing into Russian intelligence activities; ranking member Senator Warner is calling this “the most important thing I’ve ever done“. All of Congress should feel this way.
Today’s Action: Call the House Intelligence Committee (Democrats: +1-202-225-7690; Republicans: +1-202-225-4121). Thank the Democrats for insisting on an open and robust investigation – and tell the Republicans, do your job!