MONDAY 7/24/2017

FEDERAL:

Tell Congress to Stick Up for Robert Mueller:

In an extraordinary interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump raised the very real specter that he could fire special counsel Robert Mueller at any time. Meanwhile, proxies for Trump within the White House, on his private legal team, in Congress, and in conservative media have gone on the offensive, attempting to paint Mueller as a partisan who is on a “witch hunt.” However, many Republicans have attested to the character, independence, and fairness of Mueller. Today we call on Congress to speak out against Trump’s attempt to discredit the investigation, and to take a stand against the possibility of firing Mueller. Here are some statements by notable GOP lawmakers that express these sentiments. What will our Senators and representatives say? Our own Richard Burr has been a staunch Trump defender even as he serves as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating the administration. What does he think about the prospect of a Mueller firing? How would that affect his committee’s work? Here is a comprehensive list of quotes, following by a few notable examples: http://www.democracy21.org/homepage/gop-sens-reps-on-record-in-opposition-to-trump-firing-special-counsel-in-support-of-mueller/

Richard Burr: “By having somebody like Bob Mueller head whatever investigation assures the American people that there’s no undue influence.”

Thom Tillis: “Robert Mueller is an excellent choice for special counsel, and I welcome his appointment. He has a well-deserved reputation for fairness and independence from political pressure, and I have confidence he will lead this investigation with professionalism and impartiality, taking it wherever the facts may lead.”

Mitch McConnell: “I have a lot of confidence in Bob Mueller. I think it was a good choice.”

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.): “I think it’s a form of political suicide. If you fire one guy, then you fire another, all of a sudden it begins to look like you’re trying to hide something, look like you have a reason to want the investigations to go away.”

Paul Ryan: “I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job.”

Sen. John Cornyn: “I’ve seen no reason for that” (firing Mueller). Asked if he trusts Mueller to run the FBI investigation, Cornyn replied: “I do.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “It would be a disaster. There’s no reason to fire Mueller. What’s he done to be fired?”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): firing Mueller, would “certainly be an extraordinarily unwise move.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.): “I think there’s a lot of confidence in Mueller around here. We’ve all dealt with him.”

John McCain: “He’s a very much trusted individual and had an outstanding record as head of the FBI.”

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.): “I think Bob Mueller’s as good as you’re going to find. I don’t see any reason to remove him now.”

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee: “There is no possible way anybody at the White House could be seriously thinking about firing Mueller.”

Background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-sessions-russia.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/343207-gop-lawmaker-warns-trump-would-face-backlash-from-republicans-if-he-fired

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/337655-gop-leaders-are-unified-firing-mueller-a-bad-idea

https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/5/tillis-statement-on-the-selection-of-robert-mueller-as-special-counsel

SCRIPT:

I am a constituent calling from __________ to urge Rep./Sen. _________ to publicly support Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he continues his investigation into Trump’s interactions with Russia before the election. I am concerned that Trump has threatened to fire Mueller and warned him against looking into his family’s finances. Trump’s actions violate our country’s norms and are a genuine threat to the rule of law. Sen. ____________ stated publicly when Mueller was appointed that he was a fair and independent investigator, and I want him/her to continue to show support for the investigation. Thank you for taking my call.

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

 

Oppose the Nomination of Climate-Change Denier Sam Clovis to USDA

On Wednesday, Trump nominated Sam Clovis, a climate-change denier to the position of top scientist at the USDA. Beyond his climate-change denialism, Clovis is uniquely unqualified for the position of top scientist. He has a doctorate in public administration but does not have any background as a scientist. He has called climate change “junk science” and would control a budget of $3 billion, with $2 billion of that directed toward research and the rest devoted to education. Needless to say, allowing Clovis access to this funding would be incredibly destructive.

SCRIPT:

Hello, I am a constituent from _______________ calling to urge Sen. _______________ to oppose the nomination of Sam Clovis to the position of undersecretary of research, education, and economics for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Clovis does not have any scientific training and is unqualified to head a position in which he would be overseeing scientific research. His public statements in which he denies the existence of human-produced climate change also show that he is out of touch with the scientific consensus on that issue. Please urge Sen. ____________ to reject the nomination of Sam Clovis to the USDA. Thank you for recording my call.

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

 

STATE:

Protect North Carolina’s Drinking Water

Spills of toxic ash into the Dan River made national headlines, but the effects of the contamination continue to plague residents in surrounding areas. Meanwhile, Wilmington and surrounding areas have had their water tainted with a little-known compound called GenX from a chemical plant in Fayetteville that manufactures teflon. Across the state, other compounds known as “emerging contaminants” have presented unusual challenges to regulators because they have not been properly assessed by the EPA. Given the current anti-environment climate in Washington, we should expect little help from the federal government, so our state’s Department of Environmental Quality is out on a limb with little support nationally, and even less in our GOP-controlled state legislature. The most effective way to ensure clean water is to fix the problems at the source, which as we have all learned from the Flint tragedy, is prohibitively expensive. Yet, what is clean water worth? Are we okay with potentially poisoning ourselves in order to save some companies money? A full cleanup of coal ash and chemical emission sites, paid for by the polluters, would be the most desirable outcome, but at the very least we should demand that these chemicals be studied for the toxicity, and that safe levels should be set to at least set a baseline. This action involves the legislature, and the governor. In addition, contained within the attached article from NC Policy Watch are some ready-made tweets you can send with a click. Public awareness, as much as anything else, is what will be needed to prod our elected officials to action. Background:

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2017/07/20/genx-chromium-6-14-dioxane-no-federal-state-regulations-less-guidance-protect-drinking-water/

Email SCRIPT:

I am constituent writing from _________ to urge Sen./Rep./ Governor Cooper ___________ to take swift action to protect the state’s drinking water supply. From coal ash spills to chemicals entering the drinking water supply around Wilmington, new, under-regulated compounds threaten the health of North Carolina’s drinking water. Please take whatever steps you can to alleviate these problems. I would very much appreciate a response detailing what steps you are planning to take. Thank you for your time.

Email Roy Cooper: https://governor.nc.gov/contact-governor-cooper

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