1. On May 9th, Trump took the shocking step of firing James Comey, the director of the FBI and leader of the investigation into the Trump election campaign’s increasingly obvious coordination with Russia. The chief reason given for firing Comey–that he mishandled the announcement of the Clinton email investigation–is laughable coming from Trump, creator of the campaign chant “Lock Her Up!” The New York Times reports that Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, was told by top Trump administration officials to find a reason to fire Comey. Suspiciously, the timing of Comey’s firing came just after he requested more resources to ramp up the Trump/Russia probe. His firing shows the Russia investigation is in crisis, and the only solution is the appointment of a special council and an independent commission. At this point, both Senators Kaine and Warner have called for the appointment of a special council. Contact them to thank them for taking that stand and urge them to continue pushing.
- Kaine: Washington DC: 202–224–4024, Manasses 703–361–3192, Roanoke 540–682–5693, Virginia Beach 757–518–1674, Richmond 804–771–2221, Abingdon 276–525–4790, Danville 434-792–0976, and his contact form is here.
- Warner: Washington DC 202-224-2023, Roanoke 540-857-2676, Abingdon 276-628-8158, Norfolk 757-441-3079, Richmond 804-775-2314, Vienna 703-442-0670. His “Submit Comment” form is here.
- Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______, and my zip code is ________. I’m outraged at the firing of James Comey and I’m calling to thank Senator _____________ for pushing for the appointment of an independent special council to investigate Russia’s involvement with the Trump team. I urge Senator ______________ to do everything possible to force an independent investigation. Comey’s firing shows the lengths Trump will go to kill the investigation into the truth. Thank you.”
2. We’ve mentioned this in our Action Opportunities before, but net neutrality — the protections that keep internet service providers (ISP’s) from controlling the speed of service and/or what we see online — is under threat. The new head of the FCC wants to remove Title II protections and institute the less regulated Title I. Title II protections were instituted under Obama to stop ISP’s from favoring certain companies and products and controlling what consumers see online by altering service speed and other methods. This is not a partisan issue; equal access to an open internet is vital for all Americans. The FCC is taking public comment on this issue. To leave a comment expressing your support for net neutrality, click this link and hit “+Express” to express your opinion.
- Suggested comment: “I am commenting to express my strong support for maintaining net neutrality under strong Title II protections. Please keep Title II protections in place. Thank you.”
3. EVENT – Huddle – Staunton Public Library – 6-7:30pm – HEALTHCARE
Have questions about the health care (tax bill) that was just sent to the Senate? Jenni Kitchen has been spending time wading through the legalese and hopefully bring some insight to what our representatives in the House thought made up a sound legal document that would benefit the American people.