No Protection for Mueller, No Spending Bill

Official Daily Action for Tuesday, November 13th

We took to the streets to protect the Mueller investigation, now we need to take to the phones. Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker, a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation and outspoken Trump devotee, is a clear attempt to undermine Mueller’s essential work. Whitaker is likely to limit the investigation’s scope, defund it, or end it entirely unless Congress stops him. Today’s action is another call to our Members of Congress to use their new leverage to keep Mueller’s team on-track to deliver a thorough investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and the Trump Administration’s likely obstruction of justice.

Top Democrats in both houses of Congress are reportedly considering tying provisions protecting Mueller’s work to spending bills that must pass by the end of 2018, but so far they are “stopping short” of threatening government shutdown. Urge our Members of Congress to have the courage to vote no on any “must pass” bill” that does not include protection for the Mueller investigation.

ACTION: Demand Mueller Protection Legislation

Sen. Patty Murray: (202) 224-2621, (206) 553-5545

Sen. Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441, (206) 220-6400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: (202) 225-3106, (206) 674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: (202) 225-8901, (425) 793-5180

Suggested Script:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [CITY, ZIP]. I am deeply worried that the new acting Attorney General will undermine or end Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s Russia ties and possible obstruction of justice. Please ask [NAME] to insist that any “must pass” legislation include provisions protecting the Special Counsel. This is worth risking a government shutdown.”

References

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/us/politics/matthew-whitaker-russia-mueller-democrats.html

https://www.apnews.com/86930bd0a5654f888933c4040e42bb3b

GOOD NEWS:

Krysten Sinema wins Jeff Flake's AZ Senate seat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/11/12/kyrsten-sinema-wins-in-arizona-as-democrats-capture-a-longtime-gop-senate-seat/?utm_term=.29327b07aed9

MORE GOOD NEWS:

As ballots continue to be counted, last Tuesday night’s solid election results have matured into a true “blue wave,” with prospect off picking up “close to 40 House seats — the party’s best showing since the post-Watergate midterms.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/democrats-had-good-showing-election-day-it-s-been-even-n935126

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TODAY: Resist Trump Tuesday

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

At this week’s Resist Trump Tuesday rally, our featured speaker will be Venus Aoki from the Gender Justice League. Venus is an immigrant, transgender woman of color, and LGBTQ community-based organizer and activist. She will be speaking on trans-rights/gender rights.

Following our rally outside the Federal Building from 11:45AM-12:30PM, we will go inside to meet with Sen. Murray’s staff from 12:30-1:30PM. All are welcome to hear the inside scoop update from Sen. Murray’s office, and to ask questions and share your opinion with your senator.

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/events-calendar/2018/11/13/resist-trump-tuesday

TODAY: Seattle Indivisible Weekly Meeting

7-9 p.m.

Washington State Labor Council, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, Washington 98144

Join us at our first post-election Weekly Meeting as we debrief and brainstorm what our resistance will look like next year like with Democrats in charge of the House. Newcomers are welcome, and for any new volunteers we will share how our organization works and what our volunteer needs are!

This meeting venue is wheelchair accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

Ongoing Election Efforts:

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/election-events/