May 10, 2017: Russia Investigation, BLM Methane Rule
- Yesterday, the Trump Administration fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
- This morning, the Senate rejected HJ. Res. 36, which would have overturned the Bureau of Land Management's environmental protection against methane emissions.
Yesterday, the President fired FBI Director James Comey. The letter delivered to Comey cited his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation as the reason for his firing, an excuse that rang thin considering the timing, and the fact that the President had made the emails a central part of his campaign. Notably, Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Senate Democrats responded quickly, repeating calls for an independent commission and special prosecutor to continue the investigation, and even threatening to slow down the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, immediately lined up behind the President, defending the decision to fire Comey.
A protest is planned in Coronado, California on Thursday, May 11, outside the RNC Spring Meeting, to demand an independent commission, as well as to protest the GOP's support of TrumpCare.
- F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump (New York Times)
- Democrats threaten to bring Senate to a crawl over FBI firing (The Hill)
- McConnell defends Trump decision to fire Comey (The Hill)
- Flip Congress 2018 Protest, May 11 (FB event page)
- Feinstein Statement on Comey Firing (Feinstein press release)
- Rep Peters: Comey Firing a Brazen Assault on Our Democracy (Peters press release)
HJ. Res. 36:
The Senate voted today to reject HJ. Res. 36, which would have repealed a rule from the Bureau of Land Management regulating methane emissions from drilling on public lands. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and the Interior Department estimates that the rule would prevent 180,000 tons of methane from entering the atmosphere each year. This vote marks the first instance in this session of Congress that a CRA repeal has failed. Three Republicans (Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona) joined all Senate Democrats in voting against the bill, making the final tally 49-51.
Conclusion/Call Script Overview
Today I will be calling my House Representative and both of my US Senators to again demand a special prosecutor and independent commission to continue the investigation into Russian interference. I'll also thank my Senators for voting against the BLM methane rule repeal.
If you are not from California, you can find contact information for all U.S. Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
If you don't know who your Representative 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 to thank Senator Feinstein for voting against HJ. Res. 36, which would have been disastrous for our environment. I've also seen that Senator Feinstein has called for an independent prosecutor in the wake of Director Comey's firing. I want Senator Feinstein to take every measure, including slowing down the Senate's business and committees, in order to make sure that we get that independent commission and special prosecutor. Thank you."
Script for Calling Kamala Harris
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank Senator Harris for voting against HJ. Res. 36, which would have been disastrous for our environment. I've also seen Senator Harris's tweets calling for an independent prosecutor in the wake of Director Comey's firing. I want Senator Harris to take every measure, including slowing down the Senate's business and committees, in order to make sure that we get that independent commission and special prosecutor. I also want to ask her to co-sponsor S. 27, which would establish an independent commission on that matter. Thank you."
Script for Calling Scott Peters
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling because I saw Congressman Peters' strong statement on the Comey firing, calling for an independent commission and special prosecutor, and I wanted to thank him for that. Our Congress needs to do everything possible to defend our democracy, so anything the Congressman can do to continue pushing on this issue, including any possible procedural tactic in the House, is something I support. Thank you."