Dear MoveOn member,
Former FBI Director James Comey's firing is a crisis for our democracy.
Just yesterday, major news reports made it clear that Donald Trump was trying to manufacture reasons to fire Comey-the person leading the investigation into his administration's ties to Russia by firing Comey. Reports indicated that about a week ago, Comey asked for more resources for the Russia probe—about the same time that Trump asked Jeff Sessions to find a way to fire Comey.1,2,3
This attempted cover-up cannot stand. Click here to sign the petition tell Congress: We need an independent commission to investigate Trump.
My colleagues and I in Congress are sounding the alarm now more than ever to meet this moment of constitutional crisis. Since news broke of FBI Director Comey's firing, more than 270,000 people have signed my petition calling for an independent investigation, and thousands more showed up at national actions and flooded Congress with calls. Will you join them and add your name now? Click here to sign.
Thanks for all you do.
—Rep. Jerry Nadler
P.S. I'll personally deliver your signature to Washington, so please be sure to sign now to make sure your voice is counted. Below you can see my original message from Tuesday night, which has been signed by hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members since we launched.
1. "The White House explanations for Comey’s firing are crumbling before our eyes," The Washington Post, May 11, 2017
2. "Days Before Firing, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Inquiry," The New York Times, May 10, 2017
3. "Sessions was told to find reasons to fire Comey: reports," The Hill, May 9, 2017
Dear MoveOn member,
Last night, Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, compromising the only semi-credible and somewhat-resourced investigation into Trump and his administration's ties to Russia.1 Trump fired Comey on the advice of Jeff Sessions, who was forced to recuse himself from Russia-focused investigations because he lied under oath about his own conversations with Russian officials.2
We now face a constitutional crisis. The security and integrity of our democracy is at stake.
More than ever, what we need now is a truly bipartisan and independent commission to investigate Donald Trump and his administration's foreign entanglements, business conflicts of interest, and violations of federal ethics laws. Will you join me in demanding an immediate, independent investigation into the Trump administration? Click here to sign the petition, which says:
Comey's record at the FBI isn't flawless—plenty of people take issue with the way he handled investigating Hillary Clinton's emails in the days before the election, and the news reports this week about him mischaracterizing backing up emails as forwarding them don't help. But the argument that Trump would fire Comey for being overly critical of Clinton, when Trump personally led chants of "lock her up," is absurd. This isn't about good governance. It's about BAD government and the kind of cronyist cabal that fires someone who a week ago testified that he was made nauseous by the thought of helping Trump win office.
Comey's firing comes just one day after former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told senators that she had warned the Trump administration that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. As Yates astutely said: "To state the obvious: You don't want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians."3
Since Trump's inauguration, House Democrats have repeatedly exposed Republicans' hypocrisy by introducing 15 measures (and counting) in the House that have forced Republicans to address, on the record, Trump's Russian entanglements, his taxes, and more.4 But when faced with demands for action, Republicans have acted nearly universally to hide the truth about Trump and his associates, and House members such as Representative Devin Nunes have gone so far as to undermine investigations.5
It's now well beyond time for Republicans to take action to expose the truth.
Thank you for all that you do,
—Rep. Jerry Nadler
1. "Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey," The Huffington Post, May 9, 2017
3. "Yates warned White House that Trump's national security advisor 'could be blackmailed' by Moscow," Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2017
4. "Tracking how House Republicans have acted to hide the truth about the Trump presidency," TrumpTruthHiders.com, Accessed May 9, 2017
A note from the MoveOn team: This is one of thousands of petitions launched by individual MoveOn members and partner organizations in opposition to the Trump administration's dangerous agenda. Petitions like this one are useful building blocks of our broader resistance organizing efforts. They are delivered to decision-makers, highlighted to media outlets, and circulated online to raise awareness and grow our progressive community. You can start your own petition here.
Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?
PAID FOR BY MOVEON