Investigating Trump and Holding Him Accountable

Donald Trump wasted no time after the midterm elections crossing a red line and interfering with the Mueller investigation.

Trump fired Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker. If you don’t know Matthew Whitaker, he’s a political hack who has spoken in great detail about ways to hurt the Mueller investigation. Trump essentially replaced Mueller’s old boss (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) with a new boss that has no problem intervening and obstructing justice. All across the country, Indivisibles joined with other allies held demonstrations in response to declare that Trump is Not Above the Law. 

Trump has crossed one red line and he could cross others. If he does that, we’re ready to respond. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things we can do when big developments occur along the way. Here’s what you need to know.

Reviewing the red lines

For more than a year now, we’ve been ready to mobilize when Trump crosses a red line. If you aren’t signed up to host or attend a rapid-response protest, you can do so here. As a reminder, here are the red lines that could trigger these protests while the Mueller investigation is still proceeding:

  • Trump firing Mueller

  • Trump pardoning key witnesses (like Paul Manafort)

  • Trump preventing the investigation from being conducted freely, such as by firing Mueller’s boss Rod Rosenstein (he crossed this one already!)

But note: there’s a fourth red line for when the investigation ends:

  • The Mueller investigation releases findings showing significant wrongdoing by Donald Trump. Or Congress or the administration blocks the public from seeing Mueller's findings.

Basically, this one is for when the investigation ends. It’s possible that the results could be buried from public view (this is one of the reasons we’re opposing William Barr as Attorney General - he has given good reason to worry he would help bury Mueller’s report).

We remain ready to mobilize if these red lines are crossed.

The new Congress on offense

We’re in a totally different reality now than we were when we set these red lines. Now, after the Blue Wave, we have a Democratic-controlled House with powerful committees that can use subpoenas, oversight and investigatory powers to expose Trump and hold him accountable. It’s not just about the Mueller investigation.

Because Donald Trump is a Donald Trump, explosive new developments are sure to occur. Most recently, a Buzzfeed article reported that Trump personally directed his longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress. This appears to be clear obstruction of justice. (This reporting has been disputed by Special Counsel Mueller's office. But, this is exactly why we need congressional investigations - to get to the bottom of things.)

There’s no need to simply wait on Mueller. Congress can take information like this and open investigations to get to the truth and to hold Trump accountable. We talk more about congressional investigatory powers in our new guide Indivisible on Offense. Particularly if you have a Member of Congress on a relevant committee (such as Judiciary or Intelligence), you can ask them to launch or support such investigations into Trump’s corruption and crimes.

As a perfect example, as soon as the Buzzfeed story broke, the new Democratic Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced is committee would be investigating these claims. This is exactly what we mean by congressional offense.

The Mueller investigation

The Mueller investigation has already yielded a string of high-profile indictments and plea deals. General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Trump, has reached a plea deal with the Special Counsel in which Flynn agreed to cooperate with the investigation after admitting to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort also agreed to cooperate with Mueller pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy against the United States. (Let that sink in: the person who managed Trump’s presidential campaign has now been charged with conspiracy against the United States.) Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction. Manafort’s associate Rick Gates has pleaded guilty on two counts, and Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia. Special Counsel Mueller has also indicted thirteen Russians on allegations of interfering in the U.S. elections.

It’s clear that Special Counsel Mueller is thoroughly and methodically building his case, and that Trump becomes more agitated the close he gets to the truth. But there’s no way of knowing when the investigation will end or what it will produce. This is why it’s so important for the new Democratic House to use the powers that they have, too.

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What can you do now?

While it’s important to focus and continue to resist the Trump agenda simultaneously, we can also work now to urge Congress to use oversight powers to investigate Trump and hold him accountable.

  1. Trump could still cross another red line. Indivisible is still teaming up with a coalition of groups to host emergency rallies if this happens. Sign up to host or attend a rally here.

  2. Tell Congress to act. Every time new evidence emerges of Trump’s wrongdoing, Members of Congress (especially those who sit on relevant committees like Judiciary or Intelligence) should be immediately and publicly calling for congressional investigations

There is no longer “nothing we can do” about Trump’s antics. The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives in January and there’s no need for them to sit and wait until Mueller’s investigation is complete. We will demand that they prioritize using their new powers to hold Trump accountable.

Sample Call Script

Call Your Member of Congress Now

Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of state] I’m calling to urge [MoC] to publicly demand that Congress investigate Trump’s corruption and crimes. I’m outraged by what I’m seeing in the news and, although Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is important and must be protected, Congress has its own responsibilities to investigate and hold Trump accountable. I want to urge [MoC] to publicly call for a congressional investigation into Trump’s obstruction of justice.

Staffer: Thank you for your call. [MoC] is monitoring the various investigations closely and is letting them run their course.

Caller: That’s good, but it’s really important for Congress to assert its power now to protect the investigation and hold Trump accountable. Can I expect [MoC] to issue this statement immediately?

Staffer: I’ll pass that along to [MoC].

Caller: Great, I’ll be following to see if [MoC] speaks out on this.

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