The Roundup: June 20 – 26
One of the definitive findings from the Mueller investigation was that Russia infiltrated our elections. As Mueller himself stated on national television last month — and will likely reiterate now that he’s agreed to testify before Congress in July — “There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American.”
Today, the House voted to pass the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which would provide $600 million for the Elections Assistance Commission to enact security measures protecting our elections from cyber attacks and future foreign interference. With that money, states would be able to purchase secure voting machines that ensure a verifiable paper ballot. Stand Up America community members made nearly 15,000 calls to Congress supporting this critical bill.
While protecting our elections should be a straightforward, bipartisan priority, Trump and his allies have threatened to block these measures, claiming they’re unnecessary. But this should come as no surprise, considering Trump directly benefited from election interference in 2016 and told the world a few weeks ago that he would gladly accept help from a foreign government again in 2020.
If Congress doesn’t do everything in its power to safeguard our elections, then they’ve learned nothing from Mueller’s findings. The evidence of foreign attacks, as Mueller has said time and again, is already there in his report.
Mueller’s report exposes hundreds of communications between Trump, his campaign, and Kremlin-linked individuals and shows that his campaign clearly welcomed Russia’s help to win the election. It also details at least 10 episodes of Trump obstructing justice to hide the truth of his and his allies’ dealings with Russian actors. Worst of all, Trump has openly said he would repeat these damaging actions all over again.
This isn’t a threat we can take lightly. Congress has the proof of Trump’s crimes in the Mueller report and they need to act now — before it’s too late.
We need to open an immediate impeachment inquiry to get to the bottom of Trump’s obstruction and make sure our democracy is protected. Right now, nearly 80 members of Congress support impeachment hearings. Call your representative and tell them to support opening an inquiry NOW.
If Congress refuses to act, they’ll be sending Trump the message that he can continue to get away with his criminal conduct and his embrace of foreign interference in our elections. That’s unacceptable.
Catch up on the latest in this week’s Roundup:
The Daily Beast: Mueller to Testify on Russia Probe Before Congress
Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress on July 17 on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee announced. The decision to compel Mueller to testify is a landmark move that will put an end to a months-long saga on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have for weeks fought to get access to information about whether Trump obstructed justice.
The Washington Post: Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation
Mueller will testify in back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler, and the House Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Adam Schiff. The long-awaited testimony comes as nearly 80 House Democrats have called for opening impeachment proceedings against Trump, arguing that he has ignored the Constitution that he took an oath to defend while repeatedly refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations.
Newsweek: We’re running out of time—Congress must launch impeachment inquiry now
It’s time for every member of Congress to go on the record about whether they believe Trump’s criminal conduct is acceptable. It’s time for them to decide if they will vigorously defend our democracy and the rule of law — or let the criminal in the White House bully them into silence. History will judge what they do in this moment.
Vanity Fair: “We Have A Criminal In The White House”: Behind The Scenes Of The House Democratic Debate Over An Impeachment Inquiry
There is a budding concern that not launching an inquiry would pose a greater danger. “To me, the larger issue is, regardless of what happens in the Senate, we have to show future presidents for the sake of our democracy that when this president broke the law, we sought help to hold him accountable,” Congressman Eric Swalwell said.
Shareblue: Majority of Americans worry about foreign interference in elections as Trump invites it
63% of Americans say that they are very concerned about some form of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. It’s no surprise that Americans are concerned, given that Mueller already concluded that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. Though Trump has insisted that the report also cleared him of conspiring with Russia, only 24% of people surveyed by AP/NORC believe that.
Vice News: Hope Hicks Thinks Trump Is Serious About Accepting Foreign Help in 2020
During her closed-door testimony before the committee, lawmakers asked Hope Hicks about Trump’s comments about accepting foreign help in an election. “I don’t think that was a joke, based on what I saw,” she said, according to a transcript of the testimony.
CBS News: Trump tells reporters it’s “none of your business” what he tells Putin
Trump, asked if he’ll tell Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election, told reporters what he says to Putin is “none of your business.” Trump made the comments on his way to Japan for the G20 summit, where he’ll meet with Putin and other world leaders.
The Washington Post: White House won’t say what happened to the Trump-Putin translator notes
In a letter to the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, the House Oversight Committee doubled down on its request for answers about whether Trump destroyed or in any way altered a series of interpreter notes transcribed during Trump’s private meeting with Putin, which Democrats argue are federal records that must be preserved under record-keeping laws.
Politico: These 3 lawmakers know the secrets in Mueller’s report
Reps. Val Demings and Eric Swalwell are the only House Democrats that sit on both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees, and thus have access to evidence that underpins both volumes of Mueller’s report. And they both support impeachment.
TIME: These 11 Mueller Report Myths Just Won’t Die. Here’s Why They’re Wrong
A number of misconceptions continue to exist regarding Mueller’s findings. The narrative was shaped by Attorney General Barr, who issued his description of Mueller’s conclusions three weeks before the public saw the full 448-page report. Mueller stated that Barr’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance” of his team’s work and conclusions, and created “public confusion.” Here is our effort to dispel some of those myths.