Call for Action, RussiaGate

Call For Action: #Russia-Gate – Tell John Faso We Need An Independent Commission Now

The #RussiaGate revelations keep on coming. Only if an independent, 9/11-style commission conducts a full investigation will we get to the bottom of this. That includes answering the question, “What did Trump know, and when did he know it?” The security of our country demands no less, and the public has a right to know.

Contact Congressman Faso to demand his support for a 9/11-style commission.

Background. Time and again, Congressman Faso has not had the courage to split with his party and do the right thing:

  • He did not co-sponsor House Resolution 111, Congressman Jerry Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry “directing the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information relevant to an inquiry into President Trump and his associates’ conflicts of interest, ethical violations—including the Emoluments Clause—and Russia ties.”
  • He voted in favor of blocking a procedural measure that would have forced Trump to reveal his tax returns to Congress. (Congressman Bill Pascrell’s resolution “would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump’s tax returns, have the House Ways and Means Committee review them in a closed session and then vote to send the information in the returns to the full House.”)
  • He has not co-sponsored H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which calls for an independent, 9/11-style commission.

Suggested Text for Contacting Congressman Faso.

I am [name], [town-county-zip]. I vote in Congressman Faso’s District.

I am dismayed by Congressman Faso’s repeated refusal to support measures to get out the truth about Russian interference in the election and ties between the Trump administration and Russian government. He should have co-sponsored House Resolution 111, and he should not have voted to block the disclosure of Trump’s tax returns proposed by Congressman Pascrell. I call upon Congressman Faso to put country over party now and co-sponsor HR 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. Only with establishment of an independent, 9/11-style commission will we, the public, learn the truth.

Phone Numbers for Congressman Faso

Washington, DC Office: (202) 225-5614
Delhi District Office: (607) 746-9537
Kinderhook District Office: (518) 610-8133
Kingston District Office: (845) 514-2322

Contact him on Twitter @RepJohnFaso and on Facebook, too.

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WHY WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION NOW

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now joined a growing list of Trump administration officials caught lying. Paul Krugman, in Goodbye Spin, Hello Raw Dishonesty, reminds us what is at stake:

Not incidentally, if this news hadn’t come to light, forcing Mr. Sessions to recuse himself, he would have supervised the investigation into Russian election meddling, possibly in collusion with the Trump campaign.

Sessions’s forced recusal has renewed calls for a special prosecutor, but there is a fatal flaw: if the prosecutor finds no crimes have been committed, the investigation’s facts and findings will never see the light of day.

Peter Zeidenberg served as an assistant special counsel in the Valery Plame case prosecution of Scooter Libby. We know about Libby’s involvement because Libby, who at the time was VP Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff, was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice. But what would we know today if no one had been convicted of a crime? The answer is: Nothing.

In his March 3 Washington Post Op-Ed, The huge problem with appointing special prosecutors, Zeidenberg explains why:

Prosecutors are not journalists, and their job is not to inform the public of the results of their investigations. Rather, their mission is to gather all of the relevant facts and determine whether a crime was committed and, if so, whether it can be proved in court beyond a reasonable doubt. Their work, when done properly, is done in secret. Indeed, violations of grand jury secrecy can result in serious sanctions from the court. . . .

Further, it is entirely possible that there could have been improper or inappropriate contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence without U.S. laws having being broken. . . . Were a special prosecutor to reach such a conclusion, the public would remain entirely in the dark. All they would know is that, after many months — or, more likely, years — of investigation, the special prosecutor had packed up his or her bags and gone home. No special reports. No Comey-style news conferences. Just radio silence.

Only with an independent, 9/11-style commission will the public get the whole truth and nothing but, and the future of our democracy demands no less.

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