Calling Scripts for March 2, 2017

 Overview:

  • This morning Ben Carson was confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on a 58-41 vote. (Both Feinstein and Harris voted against.)
  • Cloture was invoked on the nomination of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy. (The vote was 62-37, with both Feinstein and Harris voting against.)
  • The Washington Post reported last night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with Russian officials last year, despite the fact that he denied, under oath, ever having done so during his confirmation hearing.

Details/Context:

The big story today is, of course, that third item. On January 10th, during Sessions' confirmation hearing, Senator Franken asked him, "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?" Then-Senator Sessions replied, under oath, "Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it."

Last night, though, the Washington Post reported that Justice Department officials said that Sessions did, in fact, twice speak with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while he was serving as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as one of the Trump campaign's foreign policy advisers. While it is possible that those conversations were innocent, the fact that they occurred during the height of the Russian hacking campaign against the Clinton campaign (something that Trump explicitly and vocally encouraged in his campaign speeches) would be highly coincidental, and the fact that he denied having had this contact while under oath may constitute perjury. A number of Senators and Representatives are already calling for Sessions to resign, including both Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris.

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I will be calling both of my Senators and my Congressman today and asking them to continue pushing for an investigation into the President's ties to Russia. (Just to note, I also think we should oppose Rick Perry's nomination at Energy, but I am choosing to focus today's call scripts on the news about Sessions. If you want to add on a comment about Perry when you call, that's great.)

If you're not from California, you can find contact information for all US senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

If you don't know who your representative is in the House, you can look it up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/


Script for Calling Dianne Feinstein

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because the news that Attorney General Sessions had contact with the Russian ambassador is deeply troubling to me, especially considering that he then went on and denied in his confirmation hearing that that had happened. I want to thank Senator Feinstein for releasing her statement that the Attorney General must recuse himself or resign, and I want to ask her to continue to push hard for an investigation in her roles on the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. I truly think that the integrity of our democracy is the most critical issue of this time, and we cannot allow our government to be compromised by a hostile foreign power. Thank you."

SD: (619) 231-9712
SF: (415) 393-0707
LA: (310) 914-7300
Fresno: (559) 485-7430
DC: (202) 224-3841

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Script for Calling Kamala Harris

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because the news that Attorney General Sessions had contact with the Russian ambassador is deeply troubling to me, especially considering that he then went on and denied in his confirmation hearing that that had happened. I want to thank Senator Harris for releasing her strong statement calling for the Attorney General's resignation, and I want to ask her to continue to push hard for an investigation in her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee. I truly think that the integrity of our democracy is the most critical issue of this time, and we cannot allow our government to be compromised by a hostile foreign power. Thank you."

SD: (619) 239-3884
SF: (415) 355-9041
LA: (213) 894-5000
Fresno: (559) 497-5109
Sacramento: (916) 448-2787
DC: (202) 224-3553

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Script for Calling Scott Peters

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because the news that Attorney General Sessions had contact with the Russian ambassador is deeply troubling to me, especially considering that he then went on and denied in his confirmation hearing that that had happened. I know that Congressman Peters co-sponsored Congressman Nadler's resolution of inquiry and he released a strong statement after General Flynn's resignation, pushing for an investigation. I'd like to ask the Congressman to continue pushing on that issue, which I consider to be the most critical issue of this time. I'd like him to release an official statement about the Attorney General, and I would like him to be as vocal as possible in the House, and do everything he can to push for that investigation. Thank you."

SD: (858) 455-5550
DC: (202) 225-0508

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