It’s all about Russia. This was another crazy week in the alternate universe we woke up to on Nov 9, 2016. Here are a few low-lights (gleaned from the News and Guts page on Facebook, where it took a lot of scrolling to get all the way back to last weekend!):
- May 15: Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister at their recent White House meeting.
- May 16: The source of the secret intel was Israel.
- May 16: Donald Trump tried to quash the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn. First evidence Trump has tried to influence Russia probe. Textbook obstruction of justice.
- May 17: Trump cleared the room before his fateful conversation on Flynn, and Trump wants to jail journalists for publishing leaked information.
- May 17: DOJ appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to oversee probe of Russian meddling in 2016 election.
- May 18: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told fellow GOP leaders: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” according to a recording from June 15, 2016.
- May 18: In the months prior to the election, the Trump campaign had at least 18 previously undisclosed calls and emails with Russian officials.
- May 18: Trump had stupid things to say like, “…the entire thing has been a witch hunt,” “There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero,” and, “I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”
- May 19: Donald Trump told the Russians the FBI Director was a “real nut job”.
- May 19: Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last week, has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at a public hearing on Memorial Day.
- May 19: Whitehouse lawyers research impeachment.
- May 19: Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, is also being investigated as part of the Russia probe.
What can you do next
Call your Senators at (844) 241-1141 and thank them if they listened to us and joined the call for a special prosecutor before last week’s announcement. If they didn’t, then call them up and tell them it’s a disappointment that they didn’t stand up for what was right when it mattered, and that you’ll remember their lack of courage when they’re next up for reelection.
We still need an independent investigation into the Russian interference in the election and the probably collusion of Trump or his team. Here’s what you can do.
If you want to discuss Russian history, culture, politics, food, and knitting, get onboard in Our Knitting Roots Book Club. We’re reading and talking about Russia through the end of July. I just put our June knitting project, the Orenburg in Oregon wrap, up for pre-order on Ravelry.
In the middle of this, don’t forget that the Senate is now working on their version of Trumpcare. Also, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is due to release their report on the latest version of the House bill on Monday. This bill has not been sent to the Senate yet, so the House may have to vote on it again. Call and fax your Rep and Senators and tell them not to repeal the ACA. Indivisible Guide has a resource kit with more info.
This is a private letter Republicans sent to select stakeholders seeking comments on Trumpcare. Since you did not receive this letter, Republicans do NOT want you to submit your comments to HealthReform@finance.senat
This is a new part of the resistance updates. Each post will include a mini civics lesson guest post.
How Does Impeachment work by Lynnette Kopetsky
Impeachment is the Constitutional process of removing a President, Vice President or other Civil Officers from office for the offenses of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” (U.S. Const. art. II, § 4). The House of Representatives has the sole power to bring charges (impeach), while the Senate holds the impeachment hearing(s). Impeachment does not necessarily mean removal from office—it is just the process of bringing charges. To date, only two U.S. Presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998; both stayed in office.
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Wanna craft about impeachment? Check out this awesome imPEACH knit hat pattern by Heidi Arjes.