Weekly Actions: October 31, 2017

Action 1: Insist that Congress  pass legislation to prevent the administration from firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Action 2: Oppose the new FCC proposal to kill net neutrality; preserve an open and unbiased Internet. 

Action 3: Prevent confirmations of biased judges by opposing key nominees and advocating to continue the practice of blue-slipping.



Action 1: Insist that Congress pass legislation to prevent the administration from firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

With the first indictments announced, the pressure on the Mueller investigation has reached a new height. Supporters of the administration have pulled out all the stops in an attempt to discredit the investigation, from an insistence that Mueller resign to claims that DNC involvement in the funding of the dossier containing British Intelligence memos that may implicate the administration (originally funded by a conservative publication) call into question its veracity. But this story is ancillary. We still need to know if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to illegally influence the outcome of the election. The Mueller investigation must proceed.

 

There has been speculation for months that the president would try to fire Mueller, setting off a constitutional crisis. While the president said as recently as October 16 that he had no intention of firing Mueller, he also stated that the American public was “sick of the investigation,” another attempt to distract and discredit what now looks like clear criminal activity on the part of officials close to the administration. Two bi-partisan bills have been introduced to protect the integrity of the investigation. They need to move out of committee and be voted on ASAP.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

 

  • Call your MoCs: Tell them to support S. 1735 and S. 1741/HR 3771 and advocate for a quick vote to make sure that Mueller and the investigation are protected. (See script below.)
  • If Mueller is fired, take part in massive protests: MoveOn.org is organizing rapid-response actions all over the country to make sure the president understands that no one is above the law.  Scheduled protests will happen IF Mueller is fired. Check for a protest in your area here and consider creating an event if there isn’t one listed.

 

BILLS: S1735 Special Counsel Independence Protection Act; S 1741/HR 3771 Special Counsel Integrity Act

 

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m concerned that, given recent indictments, the president will try to fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. I’d like to ask Sen. Rep._____ to support S 1735, the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act, and S 1741/HR 3771, The Special Counsel Integrity Act to prevent this from happening. We need clear answers as to the extent with which the president and his administration may or may not have been involved in illegal activity, and this investigation needs to be carried out to its conclusion, regardless of other allegations against Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Please ask Sen./Rep._____ to urge his/her colleagues to get these bills out of committee and onto the floor to make sure that the integrity of this investigation is protected and to avoid a potential Constitutional crisis.

 


 Action 2: Oppose the new FCC proposal to kill net neutrality; preserve an open and unbiased Internet . 

As we’ve stated in previous postsNet Neutrality preserves your right to “communicate freely online.” Preventing internet service providers from deliberately blocking, slowing down or speeding up connections for reasons of politics or profitability, it is essential for allowing equal access to obtaining and providing information. Without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could give certain websites preferential treatment for higher fees. They could block sites they disagreed with, or those of their competitors.

 

Now that a vote to abolish net neutrality is expected within the next few weeks, the campaign to preserve net neutrality is at a crucial point. We are syndicating this important action from Battle for the Net, which provides more information and a call script you can use to contact your MoCs.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO: 

 

  • Call your MoCs: Use this calling tool provided by Battle for the Net, which includes a script for contacting your MoCs.

Action 3: Prevent confirmations of biased judges by opposing key nominees and advocating to continue the practice of blue-slipping.

One of the few bright spots of the last ten months is that the president’s agenda on many issues (most notably the environment and the travel ban) has been stopped in the courts many times. Challenges are continuing to mount with attorney generals in several states instituting lawsuits against the administration on policies related to DACA, the voting fraud commission, contraceptive coverage, and on violations of the emoluments clause.

 

The judiciary’s check on executive power, however, is about to be threatened with a nomination slate of justices who hold extremist positions, and who would make it difficult for the judiciary to act as fair and impartial. These include Thomas Farr, who has a long history of working against civil rights, and Jeff Mateer, who has openly supported anti-LGBTQ hate groups. Votes for justices with similar extremist records have already been confirmed along party lines.

 

Adding insult to injury, the Senate might also abandon the process of blue-slipping, which is a process that allows Senators from the state in which a judge is nominated to issue an objection. (Note: the Republicans used this strategy extensively to prevent President Obama from filling open court seats, resulting in a massive number of openings. Now that they have the power to fill those openings, they want to change the rules.) You can read more about blue-slipping here.

 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

  • Call your Senators: Ask them to oppose the nominations of Farr and Mateer and to continue the practice of blue-slipping.

 

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m very concerned about the judicial nominations of Thomas Farr and Jeff Mateer, due to their abysmal records on civil rights. The Congressional Black Caucus has stated that there is no one with a more hostile record on African American voting rights than Justice Farr, and Justice Mateer has gone on record for his anti-gay views, even stating publicly that he does not accept the Supreme Court ruling in Oberfell vs. Hodges. These are extremists whose views would clearly get in the way of adjudicating cases fairly and confirming these men as justices would threaten the balance of power in our government. I urge Senator _____ to vote against these nominations

 

I also ask Senator _____ to publicly urge Chairman Grassley and Majority Leader McConnell to continue the practice of blue-slipping, which has been tradition for over 100 years and is a necessary check on the executive’s judicial appointment power. It was used very extensively in preventing the former president from filling judgeships and to change the rules now threatens the precepts of our democracy. Please ask the Senator to vote against the Farr and Mateer nominations and to publicly support blue-slipping. 

 


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