Earlier this week, a jury found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of 8 federal crimes, including failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 counts, including a violation of federal election law; in his plea, Cohen said that he committed the crime at the request and direction of President Trump (making Trump an unindicted co-conspirator). On the same day, Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) and his wife (and former campaign manager) were indicted for a huge scheme of federal election finance laws. The indictment alleges that, among other things, the Hunters illegally used campaign funds to pay for trips to Europe, a flight for their pet bunny, 30 shots of liquor, and their lies about the expenses included saying funds spent buying swimwear for a Hawaiian vacation were used for a Wounded Warriors charity. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hunter was the second member of Congress to endorse Trump (the first was indicted for insider trading a few weeks ago). Trump is now praising Manafort for his refusal to testify and saying that it should be illegal for people to flip. It’s really hard to state how incredible it is that the President of the United States, the leader of the executive branch, would say it should be illegal for participants in crimes to testify against their co-conspirators. Despite the incredible amount of evidence of wrongdoing by Trump and his closest team, Republicans in Congress, who are responsible for government oversight, have refused to provide any meaningful oversight of the many crimes committed by those in the Trump campaign and administration. The only way to stop it is to flip the House and/or the Senate in November so Democrats will have the power to investigate the incredible number of crimes and ethical breaches that are plaguing our country. Let’s get to it.
Trump, his campaign, his company, and his family are in serious legal jeopardy. His response is to lash out and try to sow discard, particularly by attacking immigrants and people of color. It’s no surprise that Trump has recently attacked kneeling NFL players, the South African government, and an immigrant accused of murder (notwithstanding the fact that her family is asking for the immigration status of the accused not be used politically).
Republicans in Congress continue to defer to Trump. The Senate Banking Committee, with all Republicans voting for and all Democrats voting against, approved the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to becoming the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Kraninger has no relevant experience with banking or consumer finance. It’s believed that she oversaw the budgets of the agencies that developed and implemented the recent deplorable child separation policies. But it’s hard to know the extent of her involvement because she has refused to turn over documents and answer questions. Let’s call our senators and tell them to vote against her when her confirmation vote goes before the entire Senate.
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Senator Feinstein’s SF office number is (415) 393-0707.
Senator Harris’s DC office line is (202) 224-3553.
Jimmy Panetta’s Santa Cruz office line is (831) 429-1976 and his DC office line is (202) 225-2861.
Anna Eshoo’s local district office line is (831) 335-2020.
If you need to look up your House representative, check here:http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
You can find your state representative and links to contact information: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ (Also, one of the benefits of lobbying state representatives is that they have closer offices than senators so you can go in and speak to their staff and convey how important issues are to them)