Call for Action, Transparency

Call For Action: Call John Faso To Demand Disclosure Of Trump Conflicts Of Interest

Based on news reports and statements by Members of Congress themselves, this on-going pressure is starting to work. Trump’s poll numbers are also continuing to decline. And we are now seeing even traditionally hard right Members of Congress such as Darryl Issa (San Diego) start to push back against overreach and call for investigations.

Regarding that, New York’s own Representative Jerry Nadler has introduced a bill mandating disclosure of Trump’s conflicts of interest, and we want Rep. John Faso to act to represent us, his constituents, and co-sponsor this bill.

Backgrounder

Thank you to the Indivisible Team for their work on this issue. 

Although Trump has business holdings around the world, he has been unwilling to divest himself of these holdings or report his conflicts of interest, raising the question of whether he is vulnerable to influence by foreign governments. This lack of disclosure is especially troubling given the pre-inauguration communication between members of his administration, most notably disgraced former NSA advisor Michael Flynn, and Russian diplomats.

Representative Nadler introduced a bill that would require the Attorney General to release all non-classified materials related to Trump’s conflicts of interest, especially those related to payment from foreign governments, to the House of Representatives. The Republicans are bringing this up for a House Judiciary Committee vote on Tuesday—where they expect it will be voted down—in order to prevent Democrats from bringing the resolution directly to the floor, which would force all Republicans to take an embarrassing vote.

Sample Call Dialogue

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know if Rep. Faso has co-sponsored House Resolution 111?

OPTION 1: HAS CO-SPONSORED HOUSE RESOLUTION 111 [MEANING THEY SUPPORT INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S CORRUPTION AND TIES TO RUSSIA]

Staffer: Thank you for calling! Rep. Faso has signed on to House Resolution 111.

Caller: That’s great! I’m calling to say that if Rep. Faso truly believes, as I do, that Trump’s business dealings, connections to Russia, and other conflicts of interest are cause for concern, then he should do everything he can to make sure Congress fully investigates all potential corruption. This means co-sponsor all bills like House Resolution 111, encourage his peers to support these bills, and make public statements about these issues.

Will Rep. Faso commit to publicly calling for further congressional investigation into Trump’s corruption?

OPTION 2: HAS NOT CO-SPONSORED HOUSE RESOLUTION 111 [MEANING THEY DON’T SUPPORT FURTHER INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP’S CORRUPTION AND TIES TO RUSSIA]

Staffer: Thank you for calling! Rep. Faso has not co-sponsored House Resolution 111.

Caller: That’s terrible. What that means is Rep. Faso is fine with letting Trump use the Oval Office to enrich himself and his family and fine with possible bribery from foreign governments, like Russia. Donald Trump refuses to completely divest himself from businesses and holdings he has in multiple countries around the world. He refuses to release his tax returns to prove he isn’t beholden to foreign interests. There is also an abundance of evidence that his campaign staff were in frequent communication with Russian officials and that his administration tried to interfere with an FBI investigation into it. This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s about the integrity of the Oval Office and of our democracy. House Resolution 111 would help ensure that Donald Trump is acting on behalf of the American people, not himself or the Russian government.

I hope Rep. Faso will reconsider his position and co-sponsor House Resolution 111.

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

Staffer: Thank you for calling! I haven’t followed this resolution, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

Caller: That’s disappointing to me. This is a very important issue. I’m very concerned that President Trump will act in the interest of his own businesses and of foreign governments rather than of the American people. This resolution would allow House members to properly investigate Trump’s possible conflicts of interest. If Donald Trump truly has nothing to hide, he shouldn’t have any problem with these documents—and his tax returns—being made public.

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to Rep. Faso.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when Rep Faso takes a position. I hope that he will co-sponsor House Resolution 111 and make public statements in support of the need for disclosure.

Sample Tweet 

@RepJohnFaso Co-sponsor HR111 USA needs transparency on Trump’s conflict of interests. Not a partisan issue – impt for our democracy!

(For fun, you can add a US flag at the end of your tweet.)

Sample FB Post

FB RepJohnFaso

Rep. Faso, I call on you to co-sponsor HR 111, mandating disclosure of Trump’s conflicts of interest. This isn’t a partisan bill; it’s about the integrity of the Oval Office and of our democracy. House Resolution 111would help us know that Donald Trump is acting on behalf of the American people, not himself or the Russian government. He refuses to release his tax returns to prove he isn’t beholden to foreign interests. There is also an abundance of evidence that his campaign staff were in frequent communication with Russian officials and that his administration tried to interfere with an FBI investigation into it.

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