Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Utter chaos

I have been working in politics for 50 years. Never in that time have I seen this level of corruption from any president—not even from Richard Nixon.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

On Monday, we woke up to the news that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein—who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation—was moments away from being fired by Donald Trump.

Although he seems to have received a temporary reprieve, he may be ousted before the end of the week. And if that happens, it will be the direct assault on the Mueller investigation that hurtles our nation into a constitutional crisis that could last for months.

And while Trump threatens the integrity of our nation with his continued attacks on Rosenstein and Mueller, his handpicked nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, is forced to face his accusers—with more survivors coming forward with allegations of sexual assault. Trump is clearly reeling: He so wanted to have Kavanaugh, who believes that presidents have "absolute discretion" to fire special counsels if that president believes they are "out to get him," on the highest court to protect him when a civil or criminal case resulting from the Mueller investigation makes it to the Supreme Court.

I have been working in politics for 50 years. Never in that time have I seen this level of corruption from any president—not even from Richard Nixon.

MoveOn has been working for months to protect the Mueller investigation, stop Kavanaugh, end Republican control of Congress in the November elections, and stop Trump's dangerous agenda at every turn. Now, in this unexpected, urgent moment, these campaigns have snowballed into one giant, desperately important fight. And MoveOn needs our help.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn keep Brett Kavanaugh, a truly dangerous man, off of the Supreme Court, take back Congress, and sustain the long-term fight to stop the attacks on the Mueller investigation—so that we can finally put a check on this unbelievably corrupt president?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Trump is creating chaos and lashing out to distract us all from the Mueller investigation because he is terrified of what it is uncovering.

Already, 33 people have been indicted on serious crimes related to Russian interference in our election, a trial has returned eight guilty verdicts, there have been 15 guilty pleas, and multiple people from Trump's inner circle—including his campaign manager Paul Manafort and lawyer Michael Cohen—may have flipped on Trump and may be cooperating with the investigation.

Is it any surprise that Trump is terrified?

And that's why Trump is so keen to get Kavanaugh on the court: If he's on the court, Kavanaugh will vote to protect Trump from civil and criminal prosecution. (Trump likes Kavanaugh because, as I said earlier, Kavanaugh thinks that presidents are above the law. Plus, like Trump, Kavanaugh is a sexual predator; they are cut from the same cloth.)

We cannot and will not let Trump and his enablers get away with this. Eddie, will you join me and chip in $5 a month to keep MoveOn strong and able to lead the ongoing fight to protect the Mueller investigation, while also working to stop Brett Kavanaugh, take back Congress in November, and block Donald Trump's agenda until he is out of office?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

MoveOn is doing an incredible amount to lead this fight. They have shown me what they are ready to do the second that Trump fires Rosenstein or tries to obstruct the Mueller investigation, including all of this:

  • Activate over 400,000 people to attend emergency rallies within hours. Over 900 events will take place across the country, organizing hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens to stand up and say that no one is above the law and that our elected officials MUST respond immediately to stop Trump now.
  • Call on Trump to be impeached. Even some Republicans have said that interfering with the Mueller investigation would be an impeachable offense, and MoveOn will turn up the heat so they put their money where their mouth is. MoveOn first called for impeachment in 2017, but it will dramatically expand that work by engaging allies to join the fight and pushing thousands of calls to Congress to call for impeachment proceedings to be initiated.
  • Work to immediately pass bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller and the investigation. Legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, but no votes are planned to actually pass it. MoveOn will drive calls to Congress, promote petitions, and plan events to demand a vote immediately.
  • Prepare the next phase of actions—which could go on for months or more. The rallies are only the beginning. A crisis like this could last for months or more, which means that MoveOn will need to build a sustained and organized response that overwhelms the misinformation and lies from Trump and his cronies. That includes making this crisis a critical part of the midterm elections, as well as making the clear connection between this decision and the Republican efforts to confirm Kavanaugh.

This is a massive—but absolutely necessary—undertaking. I am so glad MoveOn is ready to lead the way. But at the same time, MoveOn members need to keep contributing to the critical work of stopping the confirmation of a man who opposes reproductive health, LGBTQ rights, the Affordable Care Act, environmental regulations, and limits on corporate power.

We're in the midst of the largest midterm election program in MoveOn's 20-year history. And, the fight to stop Trump will continue for years. MoveOn needs all of our help to charge into battle and keep up the fight.

Will you chip in $5 a month?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Want to support MoveOn's 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 MoveOn?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

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