FRIDAY 5/12/2017

FEDERAL:

Jeff Sessions must resign for Obstruction

It is now clear Sessions was very involved in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, purportedly based on his handling of the Clinton email matter. That involvement violates his recusal as to both Clinton and the Russia investigation and may well constitute obstruction of justice.
Several Democratic Senators, including Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have called on Sessions to resign for violating his recusal.
Last night, Rachel Maddow broke the story that the DOJ refuses to confirm that Sessions is recused on any investigation of Paul Manafort, a former head of Trump’s campaign. Manafort is being investigated by the FBI for, among other things, failure to register as a foreign agent for Putin-related work prior to the campaign. If Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, Manafort would be a top suspect. It would be typical for the FBI to use Manafort’s failure to register violation to press for information on more important crimes (like campaign collusion with Russia). By remaining involved in the Manafort case, Sessions is positioned to prevent Manafort’s pre-campaign violation from being used to get information about campaign collusion.
Sessions behavior in lying at his confirmation hearing, violating his recusal in the Comey firing and violating any reasonable interpretation of his recusal by appearing to be involved in the Manafort matter, disqualify him to remain Attorney General. In order for Americans to have faith in the investigations and in the DOJ, Sessions must resign.

Rachel Maddow story last night: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/exclusive-doj-won-t-say-if-sessions-is-recused-on-manafort-942096451556

Script:
Hi. My name is ___________ and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I’m calling to let [Rep/Sen____] know that I believe Attorney General Sessions has violated his agreement to recuse in the Comey firing and refuses to say he if he is recused in Paul Manafort’s case. I have no confidence he can honestly run the Justice Department. It’s very important to me that [Rep/Sen____] join the call for him to resign. Thank you.

Senator Richard Burr
Washington, DC: (202) 224-3154
Winston-Salem: (336) 631-5125

Senator Thom Tillis
Washington, DC: (202) 224-6342
High Point: (336) 885-0685

HOUSE:
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Clemmons, NC (336) 778-0211
Washington, DC (202) 225-2071

Rep. Ted Budd
Advance, NC (336) 998-1313
Washington, DC (202-225-4531

Rep. Mark Walker
Greensboro, NC (336) 333-5005
Washington, DC (202) 225-3065

_______________________
STATE:

Save the Office of Environmental Education

Buried in the NC Senate’s budget is the elimination of the Office of Environmental Education. According to the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, the office is “the state’s clearinghouse and central source for all the environmental education resources in the state as a means of increasing environmental literacy and natural resource stewardship in North Carolina by improving access to professional development and by promoting and supporting environmental education (EE) programs, facilities and resources throughout the state.” The office runs an important program that has credentialed over 1,100 environmental educators around the world, with more than 1,200 currently enrolled. The new budget would terminate this top notch program. The budget is now before the Senate, but will move quickly to the House. We need to focus on both chambers in order to save this important office, plus put in some emails to the Department of Environmental Quality.

SCRIPT for legislators:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ calling to urge Rep./Sen.  ________ preserve the office of Environmental Education as a part of the new state budget. Thank you for recording my call.

NC House contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=House&viewType=normal

NC Senate Contacts:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/members/reports/room-phone.pl?Chamber=Senate&viewType=normal

Find Your Rep:
http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx


SCRIPT for DEQ:
Hello, I am a constituent calling from __________ calling to you to help preserve the office of Environmental Education as a part of the new state budget. Thank you for recording my call.

NC DEQ Dept Secretary Jamie Kritzer
919-707-8602

NC DEQ Assist Secretary Sheila Holman
919-707-8619

NC DEQ Director of Legislative Affairs Andy Miller
919-707-8618