Russian Hacking

Russia Sanctions

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Your DGB for today is to contact your representatives about enforcement of the Russian sanctions bill.

It doesn’t take a stable genius to see that Russia helped Trump win the 2016 election in exchange for some form of leniency with regard to U.S. relations, but even DGB staff didn’t think the administration would be so brazen about their Russian sympathies.

Even after Congress passed a sanctions package that was signed into law by the President, the Department of Justice has just unilaterally decided not to enforce it. Read the confusing justification for this here.

On top of this, it’s now being reported that at least one Russian spy official subject to 2014 sanctions had recent conversations with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who again, warned afterward that Russia will continue to meddle in U.S. elections. But, hey, who needs sanctions, right?

There are a few ways Congress can handle the Executive Branch ignoring their will. Rolling over and taking this blatant disregard for their power as a branch of government, however, is not one of them.

Today, you’ll use Resistbot to pressure your members of Congress to take immediate action on this consolidation of power by Putin’s buddy.

 

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.  

 

Let Your Money Do the Talking

Your DGB for today is to deface some money. No, this is not technically illegal. It IS illegal to alter money in such a way that renders it unfit for circulation, which we are not advocating.

It is an undisputed fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the intent of helping The Twitler win. Because we are currently inundated with daily horrors, it’s easy to begin to live with facts such as these. Sure, it’s bad. Sure, it’s wrong as hell. But, what choice do we have but to move on and keep up the resistance to current events? Well, today you’ll be spreading the message of Russia’s involvement in the U.S. government by making a slight alteration to each paper bill you put into circulation.

If you want to read up on the twisted bromance between Trump and Putin, you can do so here and, somehow even more disturbingly, the Rosneft connection here 

So, replace “America” with “Russia” and make it rain. And, if DGB staff mysteriously disappears after publishing this Grab, please carry on our legacy.

 

Call to Investigate Russian Hacking

Today’s DGB is to call your representatives in Congress and tell them you want an investigation into Russian interference with our recent election. Evidence is mounting that Russia manipulated our elections and helped install Trump, yet many of our politicians refuse to act and choose to remain silent on the sidelines. Let them know that this will not be tolerated by the American people!

 

Find your Senator here

Find your House Representative here

 

Here is a script if you need one:

“Hi my name is __ and I am calling today to tell Senator/Representative ___ that a full investigation into Russian hacking and interference in the election of Donald Trump is needed as soon as possible. I expect to hear from Senator/Representative ___ on this topic very soon. Thank you.”

 

Further information about the situation:

 

NPR - The Russian Hacking Kerfuffle What We Do and Don't Know

 

CNN - Russian Hacking and the 2016 Election Explained