Do you love your country enough to make 3 phone calls today? Defending Democracy, Step 3.

You need to do something EVERY DAY this week to help bring about an independent investigation into Trump’s possible ties with Russia. Feeling overwhelmed? We’ll take you step-by-step thru the week, with specific advice for people here in New Jersey. (If you missed Step 1 or 2, you can catch up here and here.

Here’s what you’re going to do today — 3 phone calls or letters.

1) Everybody — contact our 2 senators today. Call them or send them a letter (or even better, DO BOTH!). Sen. Booker and Sen. Menendez have both called for an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. But we need to press them to do even more,  as recommended by the folks at Indivisible. Here are your talking points (try to use your own words if you can — its more effective):

  • Thank you for calling for an independent investigation.
  • Our national security is at risk. These are not normal times. I want you to take extraordinary measures to help protect our country.
  • I want you to stop conducting business as usual in the Senate until a special prosecutor has been appointed by the deputy attorney general. I want you to withhold unanimous consent and filibuster if necessary.
  • I want the Senate to refuse to confirm a new FBI director or any DOJ appointments until a special prosecutor has been appointed.
Call your senators
(202) 224-4744 Sen. Menendez
(202) 224-3224 Sen. Booker

TIP #1: Can’t get through to DC office numbers (beginning with 202)? Try the local office numbers. For Sen. Booker call 856-338-8922 or 973-639-8700. For Sen. Menendez, call 973-645-3030 or 856-757-5353.

TIP #2: Feeling nervous about making phone calls? Call after hours and leave a voicemail.

2) If you have a Republican representative in the House, continue pressuring them to come out in support of an independent commission or special prosecutor.  Contact them again today by phone or letter. One new addition for today — ask them to support a discharge petition to bring the Presidential Tax Transparency Act up for a vote. Here are your talking points (and, again, try to use your own words if you can; it’s a lot more effective):

*Since we published our call-to-action on Monday, 4 more Congressional Republicans have called for an independent investigation!

Call your representative
(856) 427-7000 Rep. Norcross (1st)
(609) 625-5008 Rep. LoBiondo (2nd)
(732) 569-6495 Rep. MacArthur (3rd)
(732) 780-3035 Rep. Smith (4th)
(888) 216-5646 Rep. Gottheimer (5th)
(732) 249-8892 Rep. Pallone (6th)
(908) 788-6900 Rep. Lance (7th)
(908) 820-0692 Rep. Sires (8th)
(201) 935-2248 Rep. Pascrell (9th)
(201) 369-0392 Rep. Payne (10th)
(973) 984-0711 Rep. Frelinghuysen (11th)
(609) 883-0026 Rep. Coleman (12th)

Not in NJ?
Call to be directly connected to your rep
(202) 224-3121

If you have a Democratic representative in the House, call or write them today and urge them to support the discharge petition to bring the Presidential Tax Transparency Act up for a vote in the House. Here are your talking points (remember, using your own words is more effective):

(UPDATE, 5/17/17: The deputy attorney general has appointed a special counsel! Thanks to everyone who has been making phone calls and writing! ) If you have extra time today, take 3 minutes or less to call or send a letter or postcard to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who will be appearing before the entire Senate tomorrow afternoon (May 18th). Tell him: “Be a patriot and stand up for our country. Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal NOW!” Call 202-353-1555 or write to: Office of the Dep. Attorney General, Dept. of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001.