The Durbin Report: President Trump Needs To Stand Up To Russia For Attacking Our Democracy

The Durbin Report
2017-07-14 12:50:00
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> The Durbin Report: President Trump Needs To Stand Up To Russia For Attacking Our Democracy Fellow Illinoisan, Just last week, we celebrated America's independence and reaffirmed our faith in our great experiment in democracy. This week, that great experiment of ours is under threat. Because of Russian arrogance and President Donald Trump's inability to level with the American people, we face the danger of a constitutional crisis. It seems like every 15 minutes, there is a new story about the president's associates' interactions with Russia. And now the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., is involved. Trump Jr. met last year with a foreign person who claimed to be working with the Russian government and promised to help his father win the election. Based on the emails that Trump Jr. himself released, it appears that he colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of our election and may have violated federal law. To make matters worse, this news came out on the heels of President Trump's G-20 meeting in Warsaw where he made the ridiculous suggestion that we partner with Russia on a cybersecurity task force. Meanwhile, the White House response to all of this has been misdirection, denial, and silence. So what can Americans and lawmakers do about it? First, Republicans in the House should stop coddling Russia and pass the Senate's Russia sanctions bill. Second, the White House needs to work with us to protect states' election infrastructure. And third, Congress must engage in a comprehensive investigation to get to the bottom of what occurred in this dark chapter of America's history. President Trump needs to stop stonewalling and let Congress and Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller do their job. Two hundred and forty one years ago, our founding fathers had the courage to risk their lives for the inalienable rights that we all cherish. It is now up to us to defend those rights from Russian meddling and presidential intrigue. Sincerely, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_foot er.PNG> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15515.13613650.9489739.7246002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. durbin.senate.gov%2fcontact%2fnewsletter%2funsubscribe&redir_log=0735230 51375425> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104990%250107-14-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bRepor t_%2bPresident%2bTrump%2bNeeds%2bTo%2bStand%2bUp%2bTo%2bRussia%2bFor%2bA ttacking%2bOur%2bDemocracy%250115515.13613650.9489739.7246002%2501durbin %2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to forward this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx ard=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104990%250107-14-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_% 2bPresident%2bTrump%2bNeeds%2bTo%2bStand%2bUp%2bTo%2bRussia%2bFor%2bAtta cking%2bOur%2bDemocracy%250115515.13613650.9489739.7246002%2501durbin%25 40unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenDurbin%2501104990%250107-14-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_%2bPresiden t%2bTrump%2bNeeds%2bTo%2bStand%2bUp%2bTo%2bRussia%2bFor%2bAttacking%2bOu r%2bDemocracy%250115515.13613650.9489739.7246002%2501durbin%2540unityfee d.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501> Click here to comment on this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx y=Y&link=SenDurbin%2501104990%250107-14-2017%2bThe%2bDurbin%2bReport_%2b President%2bTrump%2bNeeds%2bTo%2bStand%2bUp%2bTo%2bRussia%2bFor%2bAttack ing%2bOur%2bDemocracy%250115515.13613650.9489739.7246002%2501durbin%2540 unityfeed.com%2501Friend%2501%2501%2501>

The Durbin Report: President Trump Needs To Stand Up To Russia For Attacking Our Democracy

Fellow Illinoisan,

Just last week, we celebrated America’s independence and reaffirmed our faith in our great experiment in democracy. This week, that great experiment of ours is under threat. Because of Russian arrogance and President Donald Trump’s inability to level with the American people, we face the danger of a constitutional crisis.

It seems like every 15 minutes, there is a new story about the president’s associates’ interactions with Russia. And now the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is involved. 

Trump Jr. met last year with a foreign person who claimed to be working with the Russian government and promised to help his father win the election. Based on the emails that Trump Jr. himself released, it appears that he colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of our election and may have violated federal law. To make matters worse, this news came out on the heels of President Trump’s G-20 meeting in Warsaw where he made the ridiculous suggestion that we partner with Russia on a cybersecurity task force.

Meanwhile, the White House response to all of this has been misdirection, denial, and silence. So what can Americans and lawmakers do about it?

First, Republicans in the House should stop coddling Russia and pass the Senate’s Russia sanctions bill. Second, the White House needs to work with us to protect states' election infrastructure. And third, Congress must engage in a comprehensive investigation to get to the bottom of what occurred in this dark chapter of America’s history. President Trump needs to stop stonewalling and let Congress and Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller do their job. 

Two hundred and forty one years ago, our founding fathers had the courage to risk their lives for the inalienable rights that we all cherish. It is now up to us to defend those rights from Russian meddling and presidential intrigue. 

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

 

 

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