July 9, 2017 The Call – #RussiaSanctions The Senate approved a measure in June by a 98-2 vote that would further sanction Russia for their interference in our election and constrain Trump from unilaterally lifting any Russia sanctions. The legislation is currently being considered by the House and the administration is lobbying Republicans to water it down. The Trump administration has been eager to lift Russia sanctions. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is being investigated for lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about sanctions on the day President Obama imposed them. Shortly after the inauguration, the Trump administration made secret efforts to ease the Russia sanctions which were thwarted when a long-time State Department official reported them to Congress. The Trump administration also floated returning Russian compounds that had been shuttered by the Obama administration in retaliation for election hacking. Trump’s meeting with Putin last week was attended by only six people – Trump, Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and two translators. Tillerson and Trump gave contradictory accounts of whether sanctions were discussed. It is clear the Trump administration cannot be trusted on Russia sanctions. The heads of the US intelligence agencies, former FBI Director Comey and many experts have testified that Russia’s attempts to meddle in our democracy are continuing. Trump minimizes Russian interference, and while he claims he raised the issue with Putin, he appears to accept Putin’s denial and wants to “move forward” with Russia. It is likely Trump will veto strong Russia sanctions legislation and while the Senate has the votes to override a veto, it will be critical that the House pass the legislation with the 2/3 majority necessary to override a presidential veto. Your Action Call your Representative and urge him/her to support legislation which would increase sanctions on Russia and tie Trump’s hands on unilaterally lifting the sanctions. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I want [Rep____] to support legislation to increase sanctions on Russia for meddling in our election.
It’s critical to make sure the president cannot lift any Russia sanctions without Congress’s consent.
I don’t trust this administration to do the right thing on Russia sanctions.
Where does the Rep currently stand on this issue?