The Roundup: July 26 – 31
During his testimony last week, Mueller confirmed two of the most important parts of his report: that he did not exonerate Trump of the at least 10 instances of obstruction of justice he uncovered and that Russia attacked our elections in 2016. Not only that, but Russia and other foreign actors are already working on infiltrating our upcoming elections right now.
Mueller’s dire warnings were bolstered this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee’s newly-released report on election security. The report details how Russia targeted election systems and voting machines in all 50 states and reveals a more far-reaching attack on our democracy than previously believed.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans seem to be blocking election security legislation at every turn, we have an opportunity to get something through the Senate. The House of Representatives recently passed an appropriations bill allocating $600 million to secure our elections. This bill would help states replace outdated voting machines with machines that have voter-verified paper ballots, which are the best way to prevent hackers from affecting the outcome of an election. Since the Senate must pass its own appropriations bill before October 1, we have a real chance to fund election security if we continue to pressure the Senate to act.
On top of encouraging Russian attacks during the 2016 elections, the Mueller report also exposed the dirty details of Trump’s at least 10 acts of obstruction of justice. That included Trump’s attempts to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation, like telling his former White House Counsel to create a false record and helping his son lie about a secret meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower.
If any other American obstructed justice so blatantly, they would be headed to prison. But the House still hasn’t opened a formal impeachment inquiry — despite 115 representatives now publicly supporting one.
Now that Mueller has testified on national television, it’s time to take action. With lawmakers back in their districts this August, it’s the perfect time to remind our elected officials how crucial it is to both secure our elections and hold Trump accountable for his crimes.
Mueller did his job — it’s up to Congress to do theirs. Read the latest on the aftermath of Mueller’s testimony and what happens next:
The New York Times: Raising Prospect of Impeaching Trump, House Seeks Mueller’s Grand Jury Secrets
The House Judiciary Committee asked a federal judge to unseal grand jury testimony related to Mueller’s investigation because it is “investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment” against Trump.
NBC News: More than 100 House Democrats have now called for impeachment proceedings against Trump
More than 100 House Democrats have called for impeachment proceedings against Trump to begin. The threshold was crossed just days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill about his investigation into Russian election interference.
The Washington Post: House Democratic leaders face pressure to impeach Trump post-Mueller hearings
House Speaker Pelosi and other Democratic party leaders continue to resist calls by rank-and-file members to open an inquiry, despite nearly a majority of House Democrats now supporting an impeachment inquiry.
The New York Times: Nadler Says Trump ‘Richly Deserves’ Impeachment
“He has done many impeachable offenses,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He’s violated the law six ways from Sunday.”
Newsweek: Donald Trump Still Faces Dozens Of Ongoing Investigations After Mueller Probe: ‘He By No Means Is Safe’
While Trump has claimed vindication over accusations of his criminal wrongdoings, there are about 30 ongoing investigations that threaten Trump’s presidency. The probes relate to his businesses, his 2016 campaign, the inauguration committee and his administration and some of them are on track to be resolved before the 2020 election.
NPR: Senate Intel Committee Unveils Election Security Report In Wake Of Mueller Hearings
The Senate Intelligence Committee released its report detailing Russia’s targeting of election systems in 2016 along with recommendations for protecting American elections from foreign interference. It follows Mueller’s stark warning to lawmakers that Russia’s sprawling influence operation of 2016 was not a one-and-done.
The New York Times: Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds
The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time. The report — the first volume of several to be released from the committee’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference — came 24 hours after Mueller’s warning that Russia was moving again to interfere “as we sit here.”
MSNBC: Despite warnings, McConnell still blocks election security bills
Despite fresh warnings from Robert Mueller about Russian efforts to undermine U.S. elections, Mitch McConnell refuses to allow any new election security legislation.
Newsweek: Mitch McConnell Received Donations from Voting Machine Lobbyists Before Blocking Election Security Bills
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn’t allow a vote on two election security bills after receiving a slew of donations from four of the top voting machine lobbyists in the country.