The Roundup: August 1 – 7
Whether it’s allowing gun violence to go unchecked, fomenting xenophobic and racist sentiment, or inviting interference in our elections, Trump has proven that he is spectacularly unfit to protect our country’s security and democratic values.
This week, we’re seeing nationwide mobilization in response.
While lawmakers are home for a month-long recess, Stand Up America and our progressive allies are hard at work to hold Trump accountable — particularly for the crimes outlined in the Mueller report — through a campaign called Impeachment August. It’s a massive organizing initiative that is helping progressive Americans put pressure on Congress to act by going to town halls, writing letters to the editors of local newspapers, making calls, and so much more.
We will not let Trump get away with the crimes uncovered by the Mueller investigation, not to mention the numerous other violations of his oath to uphold the Constitution and protect the American people. Remember, the Mueller investigation uncovered at least 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump and led to 37 indictments, which resulted in at least seven guilty pleas and convictions. Mueller’s findings of extensive criminal activity by Russian nationals who hacked into multiple state election systems in 2016 were recently reinforced by Senate findings that Russian intelligence targeted election systems in all 50 states. This week, we’re seeing reports that states remain woefully vulnerable to future election meddling.
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill (HR3351) that would give $600 million in election security funding to states, but the Senate has failed to follow suit. This critical piece of legislation would give states the money to update outdated electronic election equipment with systems that use voter-verified paper ballots, which is the most effective way to protect vote counts from cyber attacks.
It’s on the Senate to follow suit and allocate this much-needed funding to states. Right now, there’s huge momentum behind election security efforts that we can capitalize on. We can win this fight — but only if we make our voices heard.
Read the full Roundup to stay on top of this week’s most important stories:
U.S. News: Impeachment Summer? August Town Halls May Decide Next Steps
Freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim came face to face with impeachment fervor at a town hall in New Jersey. “Do your job!” shouted one voter. Several states away, a woman held up a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and told freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin at a Michigan town hall she hoped she would “be the person that puts us over the top to start an impeachment inquiry.”
Buzzfeed: Progressive Groups Plan To Make House Democrats’ Summer Vacation All About Impeachment
As part of the campaign, the coalition — Indivisible, MoveOn, Need to Impeach, and Stand Up America — has launched a website called Impeachment August, which leaders say they hope will give people in districts across the country the tools to organize events of their own, including visits to congressional offices and approaching members in public. They also hope to help constituents find Democrats’ town halls in their districts and educate voters about where their representatives stand on opening an inquiry.
Newsweek: ‘Impeach August’: Liberal Groups Orchestrate Massive Campaign to Force House Democrats to Begin Impeachment
All four progressive organizations have conducted individual campaigns to pressure House Democrats to support impeachment, but this new collaboration marks the first time they’ll consolidate their large member bases and resources towards a singular goal. Combined, the groups have a massive outreach to millions of supporters and people across the country.
The Daily Beast: Majority of House Democrats Now Back Trump Impeachment Inquiry
Rep. Ted Deutch is the 118th Democrat to support the effort, bringing support for it to a symbolic milestone in the House.
Politico: The scramble to secure America’s voting machines
Paperless voting devices are a gaping weakness in the patchwork U.S. election system, security experts say. But among these 14 states and their counties, efforts to replace these machines are slow and uneven, a POLITICO survey reveals.
Politico: How an election security push is running aground in Texas
The U.S. Senate left town Thursday without acting on a series of Democratic election security bills blocked by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Election security received fresh attention on July 25 when the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a report on Russian election interference that urged state and local officials to buy paper-based voting machines, including hand-marked, machine-scanned paper ballots that the panel called “the least vulnerable to cyber attack.”
Business Insider: Over one-third of Democratic primary voters said they feared foreign hacking could cost them the 2020 election
More than one-third of self-identified Democratic primary respondents said in a new INSIDER poll they feared international hacking could sway the 2020 election to Republicans, reflecting continued anxiety over foreign interference in next year’s presidential race. The poll was conducted days before the highly-anticipated congressional testimony of Robert Mueller, who warned of ongoing Russian efforts to sabotage American democracy.
Bloomberg: Democrats Prepare Lawsuit to Force McGahn to Testify
The move is significant as part of an effort to revive congressional investigations of Trump that have been stymied by the White House’s refusal to let current and former officials appear. It also comes as a growing number of House Democrats have called for opening impeachment proceedings against Trump, a move resisted so far by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Hill: Judge questions Barr’s handling of Mueller findings
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday pressed Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers on why the public shouldn’t be allowed to see redacted portions of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, suggesting that he may be willing to consider releasing at least some of the restricted document.