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Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 12:05:44 PM

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We're living through a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.

Jeff Sessions recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, so Donald Trump fired him.

Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was next in line to replace Sessions, but Trump didn't think he'd shut down the Mueller investigation, either.

So, instead, Trump installed as acting attorney general an unqualified lackey named Matt Whitaker, who has already said on CNN how he would go about ending the Mueller investigation—by starving it of funds. Whitaker is well-known in the Justice Department as a "White House spy," who will feed information about the investigation directly to Trump.1 (Let's be clear: Not only is Whitaker a Trump loyalist opposed to the probe, he also has his own record of shady business dealings and a history of attacking the values of non-Christian Americans.)

Congress must act now to protect the rule of law by passing bipartisan legislation to protect the Mueller investigation during the lame-duck session of Congress. And then, when Democrats take over the House in January, they need to begin oversight hearings immediately.

Putting a stooge like Whitaker in charge of the Justice Department is shocking even by Trump standards. Whitaker tweeted out an article referring to the Mueller investigation as a "lynch mob."2 He's linked to a firm that scammed veterans out of their life savings.3 And the Justice Department won't even release his financial disclosure forms.4

But now that Trump has installed his lackey as acting attorney general, the next step is obvious: Trump will either order Whitaker to fire Mueller or simply allow Whitaker to implement his own plan of defunding the Mueller probe.

Either way, the very integrity of our democracy and rule of law are at stake.

That's why the American people are rising up against this grotesque abuse of power. MoveOn has a sharp campaign plan to keep the pressure on, including:

• A media-grabbing "Guilty Pleas-ures" ice cream truck handing out free ice cream, with flavors like "Cocoa Conspirator" and "IndictMint Chip," and sharing real facts about the impact of the Russia probe. Everywhere it goes, the ice cream truck gets great press, and MoveOn has decided to keep it going (next week, the truck will be right outside the Watergate building in Washington, D.C.).

• Organizing extended protests in Washington, D.C. and around the country, following up on the more than 1,000 events that MoveOn members pulled off in the days after the Sessions firing.

• Flooding Congress with calls to make sure Republicans know that they will be held accountable for Trump's abuses and to remind Democrats that their constituents expect them to fight.

• Producing a raft of new shareable videos to explain in clear terms that people can understand what's at stake and why Trump's actions are so dangerous.

So much of this resistance is tied to the work that MoveOn members have been fueling for the past two years—and relies on MoveOn's continued investment, leadership, and mobilization.

Legal experts from both political parties say that Whitaker's appointment is illegal, and Democrats have filed a lawsuit to stop it.5 Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has threatened to add the Mueller protection bill to must-pass spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown.6

The reason that Democrats in Congress are standing strong is because they've heard our voices. Within hours of Trump firing Sessions, MoveOn members organized more than 1,000 rallies all over the country, which were attended by more than 100,000 people.

MoveOn members are ready to hit the streets again—and, in the meantime, have been hitting the phones, protesting at local events, getting TV coverage, and flooding social media every step of the way to defend the investigation and demand real accountability for Trump and the truth about Russia. It's now just as critical that MoveOn help protect Mueller's work, push Democrats in the House to use every tool at their disposal to hold Trump accountable, and force Whitaker to recuse—or, even better, have him removed from his unconstitutionally-appointed position.

We must keep up the pressure. This is perhaps the greatest threat to our democracy and rule of law that we've seen in a generation, and we need to demand that Republicans join Democrats in passing legislation to protect the Mueller investigation during the lame-duck session of Congress, and then make sure that Democrats begin investigations when they take over the House in January.

–Robert Reich


1. "Schumer calls for investigation of Whitaker's contacts with White House," The Hill, November 20, 2018

2. "What Sessions's Resignation Means for Robert Mueller," The Atlantic, November 7, 2018

3. "The many scandals of Trump's new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, explained," Vox, November 14, 2018

4. "Failure to turn over Whitaker's public financial disclosure forms angers critics," CNN, November 19, 2018

5. "Senate Democrats are suing to try to stop Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general," Vox, November 19, 2018

6. "Charles Schumer says Democrats might tie spending bill to Mueller protection," USA Today, November 11, 2018
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 1:20:41 PM
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As a concerned Canadian watching the disintegration of the Benighted States of America, I notice that anti-Trump movements always preach to the choir. How are you reaching those who should change their minds? Which media are you using? Do you think the Trump base is in your line of vision? Do you think they care about Russian trolls, corruption, investigations? I saw a documentary where a young couple was happy that he would get a job at a coal mine, even if he might die of black lung (like his father and grandfather). Better than no job at all.
Will the Trump base scream "Lock her up!" at Ivanka or say it's "fake news" from the "enemies of the people"? From where I sit, the picture of the US of A is not pretty: high infant mortality rates, poor health, low education, few social benefits ... pictures of certain regions look like the Third World.
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:04:57 PM
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alertec -

Not completely preaching to the choir. We had a rabid Trumpeteer on here who nearly destroyed the site as Admin here no longer plays an active part in regulating the site. About 3 of this person's acolytes remain as regulars.

When one looks at a particular thread and see how many people have read it - even if no-one has responded to it - it would seem that what one says here IS important and has a further reach than just to the handfull of regulars who post.So people feel that, although they may be members of the Choir, many who read the posts aren't. That's why they continue to supply factual information.

Also, of course, a high percentage of people who read posts on this site are learners who have a very shonky grasp of English and don't understand an ad hominem or lack of dignity, or even irony, from a hole in the wall. This was how the original trouble-maker got such a grip here: they thought he was a nice man who was honourable and dignified and truthfull because he kept telling them that he was. They don't understand that facts make a nonsense of some people's words.

So, when one poster was asked why they kept on posting links to articles and videos and the truth, they said that it's not for other choir-members at all - but to ensure that the truth goes on being presented; it really can make a difference.

(Also, I guess, it's only natural that, when something particularly egregious happens, people want to talk it out: none of us have ever lived through times like these before so it's also important to touch base with other thinking people to ensure one doesn't go stark staring crazy!)
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