Attorney General

The Building Case Against William Barr

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Your DGB for today is to read this piece by Joyce White Vance for Slate:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/matt-whitaker-bill-barr-donald-trump-doj-attorney-general-congress.html

In a scathing rebuke of Trump’s choices regarding Justice Department leadership, this lays out an excellent case against confirmation for Barr, who is nominated for Attorney General, and who already cleared Trump of Obstruction of Justice in a memo no one asked for.

We See You, Whitaker

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Amid a looming government shutdown, stock markets plunging, and Mattis-resignation-induced global chaos, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker made his move.

At first, Whitaker tried to plant the story that ethics officials told him he did not need to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller’s investigation. After some leaks from inside the government, the actual picture emerged. This article explains it well. Basically, Whitaker has cleared himself. Cool. Cool, cool, cool, cool.

Lawmakers are heading home for the holidays, so your DGB for this weekend is to contact the Justice Department directly with your concerns.

https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

William Barr

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After firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ignoring the chain of command by installing Matthew Whitaker, Trump finally came up with a new nominee for the position.

William Barr is quite a guy. Here’s some further reading on that:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/william-barr-trumps-attorney-general-pick-wanted-government-to-restrain-sexual-immorality

http://time.com/5473756/william-barr-attorney-general-mueller-probe/

Your DGB for today is to contact your senators and let them know that you oppose Barr for AG using Resistbot.


From Russia, With Perjury

Your DGB for today is to call your Senators and Congressional representatives and ask them to demand the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

In his confirmation hearings, then-Senator Jeff Sessions had the following exchange with Senator Al Franken (D-MN):

 

Franken: "CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week that included information that quote, ‘Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.’ These documents also allegedly say quote, ‘There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump's surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.’

"Now, again, I'm telling you this as it's coming out, so you know. But if it's true, it's obviously extremely serious and if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

 

Sessions: "Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn't have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it."

 

He also addressed this in a written exchange with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT):

 

Leahy: "Several of the President-elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day?"

Sessions: "No."

 

This was not true. Instead, Sessions, an early endorser and enthusiastic surrogate for Donald Trump, met with the Russian ambassador at least twice during the campaign. Here is recap of what we know.

Sessions, under pressure, has now recused himself. We feel his reluctance to do so is highly suspect, and only a letter of resignation could possibly resolve this element of corruption.

Find your Representative’s contact information here, your Senators’ here, and use this DGB suggested script:

My name is (your name) and I’m a constituent in (city.) I’m calling to ask (rep’s name) to demand Attorney General Sessions’ resignation immediately, on the basis that the nation’s top attorney cannot be caught lying under oath about anything, let alone Russian electoral interference in which he may have participated.  

 

Jeff Sessions Hearings

Your DGB for today is to contact Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ask that he oppose Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General.

There are many reasons all of us should fear Sessions, but here are just a few standouts:

 

  1. He was denied confirmation to a federal judgeship in 1986 because of testimony that he used the n-word and joked about the kkk.

  2. He’s not just against illegal immigration, but also legal immigration.

  3. Apparently a required credential for each Trump cabinet appointee, he is, of course, a climate change denier.

 

Hearings are scheduled for January 10th and 11th. You’ll contact Senator Grassley using this form. Here’s a DGB suggested message:

 

Issue: Other

Subject: Jeff Sessions

Message: I’m asking that you oppose the confirmation of Senator Sessions to the position of Attorney General. His history of racism and regressive ideals disqualify him.

 

If you don’t want to give his office your contact information on the form, you can also deliver the message by phone at (202) 224-3744.

Ever heard the saying “if it was too racist for the ‘eighties, it’s still too racist”? Well, we just made it up for Jeff Sessions. Let’s make it a thing.