Dear MoveOn member,
Monday night, Donald Trump's national security adviser was forced to resign after lying about his conversations with Russia about U.S. sanctions during Trump's transition into office.1
Then on Tuesday, we learned that Trump’s campaign team was in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials during his presidential campaign.2
And because we still haven't seen Trump’s tax returns, we have no idea what kinds of conflicts of interest or financial ties he has to Russia or anyone else.
We're demanding that Republicans in Congress do their job and launch a full and independent investigation into Trump's potentially treasonous actions. This investigation must start immediately, and we must keep the pressure on for as long as it takes for Congress to get to the bottom of Trump's Russia connection and expose the truth.
Will you chip in $5 to help our ongoing campaign to demand that Congress investigate and expose Trump's ties to Russia and his other conflicts of interest?
Republicans are still refusing to perform their basic oversight responsibilities, but the most recent revelations may finally force them to act.
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is saying that the Trump team's contact with the Russian government during the campaign could be a bigger scandal than Watergate, and he would know—he covered the Watergate scandal.3
Congressman and former Marine officer Seth Moulton has called it "the definition of treason" if Trump conspired with a foreign government to hack into the DNC to win an election.4
That's why in recent days, Senate Republicans like John Cornyn and John McCain have called for an investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.5 But Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are still covering for Trump, so we must keep pushing for as long as it takes.6
More than 300,000 MoveOn members have already signed a petition calling for an investigation, and on Wednesday MoveOn produced a rapid response video asking what Trump knew and when he knew it that's already been seen hundreds of thousands of times.
Next week is the first congressional recess since Trump was sworn in, and MoveOn members will help pack town hall meetings all over the country calling on both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to do their job. We're continuing to host organizing calls on Sunday nights and protests on Tuesdays. And we'll keep at it for as long as it takes—even through the 2018 midterms and beyond, if that's what's necessary. We won't let up until Congress really gets to the bottom of Trump's ties to Russia—and exposes his conflicts of interest.
Can you chip in $5 a month to help keep the pressure on?
Thanks for all you do.
—Jo, Tzyh, Ann, Manny, and the rest of the team
1. "Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts," CNN, February 13, 2017
2. "Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence," The New York Times, February 14, 2017
3. "Veteran US reporter Dan Rather raises Watergate spectre," BBC News, February 15, 2017
4. "Dem Rep: It Would Be 'Definition Of Treason' If WH 'Conspiring' With Russia," Talking Points Memo, February 14, 2017
5. "Flynn contact with Russia: Republicans join calls for investigation," BBC News, February 15, 2017
6. "GOP leaders offer no new investigation of Flynn, will rely on ongoing Russia probes," USA Today, February 14, 2017
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