Call for Action, RussiaGate

ACTION ISSUE: Call Rep. Faso – Ask him to show leadership by calling now for an independent Prosecutor to investigate Trump & Russia

Thank you to Paul MarcumDerek Nelson, re:act, and The Loyal Opposition for their work on this issue.


Trump’s summary dismissal of FBI Director James Comey is officially because of the Clinton email investigation. But that explanation is suspect considering the timing. Comey’s firing comes several days after he asked for more resources for the TrumpRussia investigation, the day after Sally Yates & James Clapper’s damning Congressional testimony and on the same day as reports that a grand jury has issued subpoenas to Michael Flynn associates. Notably, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is supposed to be recused on both the Russia and Clinton email matters, participated in the firing decision. To top off the damning optics, Trump then met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who according to the Steele Dossier, was a central figure in Russia’s alleged coordination with the Trump campaign. And after that, Trump met with Kissinger, who notably advised Trump to just ignore Russia’s takeover of the Crimea area of Ukraine.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), with full backing of Sen. Gillibrand and all Democratic Senators, have called for a Special Prosecutor to be appointed immediately.

Republicans, including Rep. Faso, are mostly making a variety of small mouth sounds, with NY19’s very own Rep. John Faso making vague and slippery statements (sound familiar?) to the effect that he’d support an Independent Counsel if there was not bi-partisan support for the next FBI Director. (Rep. Faso defines bi-partisan support as getting over 50 votes.) This is, as usual, not showing leadership. We deserve better.

Sample Call Script

Hi. I am [name] and I’m a constituent from [Town, zipcode].

I’m very concerned about the President’s decision to fire Comey, especially its timing. It seems like the President is trying to suppress the  investigation. I want Rep. Faso to show leadership and immediately demand the appointment of an Independent Prosecutor to investigate the possible Trump-Russia ties and interference in our election. There is NO reason to wait, as I have read that Rep. Faso says he will do.

Will Rep. Faso publicly and immediately call for the appointment of an Independent Prosecutor?

Thanks. I greatly appreciate your time. I also want to say that despite Rep. Faso comments in The Daily Freeman, no one is paying me to make this call.

Sample Tweet to Rep. Faso

Show #leadership @RepJohnFaso Demand Indep. Special Prosecutor on #TrumpRussia now! No need to wait.

Phone Numbers for Rep. 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

Sample Call Script for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand

Hi. I am [name] and I’m a constituent from [Town, zipcode].

I want to thank [Senator Chuck Schumer – Senator Gillibrand]  for calling for the immediate appointment of an independent Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump/Russia ties. Our democracy is at stake!  I also want to thank [him/her] being so steadfast in [his/her] support for such investigations and the release of the Trump tax returns over these past months.
Sample Tweets to Both Senators Schumer & Gillibrand

I agree: Independent Counsel on TrumpRussia Needed Now! Thank you @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand @SenateDems for your leadership!

Phone Numbers for Senators Schumer and Gillibrand

Senator Schumer

(202) 224-6542
(518) 431-4070
(212) 486-4430
(716) 846-4111
(607) 772-6792
(585) 263-5866
(315) 423-5471
(631) 753-0978
(914) 734-1532

Senator Gillibrand

(202) 224-4451
(212) 688-6262
(315) 448-0470
(845) 875-4585
(518) 431-0120
(716) 854-9725
(631) 249-2825
(315) 376-6118
(585) 263-6250