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Paul Ryan Swears House GOP To Secrecy on Trump's Ties To Russia PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:58

donald-trumpBefore Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented that he thought Trump was being paid by the Russians. Ryan swears Republicans to secrecy.


MADISON - Another day, another bombshell report concerning Donald Trump's ties to Russia. According to the Washington Post, a month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination for president, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented that he thought Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin - Speaker Paul Ryan immediately stopped the conversation and swore the Republicans present to secrecy. 

From the Washington Post
“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016 exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.


[..]

Some of the lawmakers laughed at McCarthy’s comment. Then McCarthy quickly added: “Swear to God.”

Ryan instructed his Republican lieutenants to keep the conversation private, saying: “No leaks...This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

The remarks remained secret for nearly a year.


[...]

When initially asked to comment on the exchange, Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan, said: “That never happened,” and Matt Sparks, a spokesman for McCarthy, said: “The idea that McCarthy would assert this is absurd and false.”

After being told that The Post would cite a recording of the exchange, Buck, speaking for the GOP House leadership, said: “This
entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What’s more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia’s interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity.”

“This was a failed attempt at humor,” Sparks said.

 
People Want A Non-Partisan Investigation of Trump Russia Ties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:39

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53 percent of Americans polled on Comey's firing disapprove of the President's decision, and 78 percent support an independent commission or special prosecutor to uncover the truth.


MADISON - The last week in politics was full of breaking news, controversial statements, and leaked information as more revelations related to the investigation into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election unraveled from the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Unlike the rest of the nation, Speaker Paul Ryan was apparently unfazed and unbothered by the news, opting to toe the party line and reject what the majority of Americans are clamoring for: an independent commission and special prosecutor to handle the investigation into Russia's actions. 

After the unexpected firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Speaker Paul Ryan took nearly twenty-four hours to respond to the news and once he did speak he outright rejected calls for an independent commission and special prosecutor to handle ongoing investigations into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Last Friday, Ryan chose his party over his country again, doubling-down on his rejection during a stop in Racine parroting White House talking points on Comey's firing and declaring that the FBI should lead the remainder of the investigation. 

A new NBC/WSJ Poll shows the majority of Americans disagree with the Janesville Republican on the topic. 53 percent of Americans who are informed on the details reported on Comey's firing disapprove of the President's decision. And when asked if they prefer Congress or an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement, 78 percent support an independent commission or special prosecutor. 

Read the news on the NBC/WSJ Poll here.

 
Russ Feingold Supports LegitAction in Stopping GOP's Judicial Coup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ Feingold   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:02

supreme-courtDemocratic, Independent and Republican senators who still care about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court must filibuster Trump's Gorsuch nomination.


MADISON - Today, right now, our democracy is facing a devastating threat. And it's not only Russia.

Republicans are attempting to complete the cynical political takeover of the Supreme Court that they launched last year when they failed to even give a hearing to Judge Merrick Garland.

potus-merrick-garland-scotusThe legitimacy of the Supreme Court has already taken a severe blow because of the GOP's political games, but if Judge Gorsuch is confirmed, it would lock in a dangerous precedent from which the legitimacy of our highest court may not recover.

neil-gorsuchThe Senate is the only entity now able to prevent this precedent and its resulting slippery slope, but only if senators are willing to fight. Democratic and Independent senators, and any Republicans who still care about the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, must filibuster Gorsuch's nomination.

Sign LegitAction's petition to Democratic and Independent senators now: preserve the legitimacy of the Supreme Court by filibustering the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.

The legitimacy of the Supreme Court is one of the four key pillars of our country's democracy that is under threat and must be protected. The others are elections determined by voters instead of money, the unrestricted right and access to vote, and protecting the power of the popular vote.

This time, the GOP took the Supreme Court hostage in the last year of a president's term; next it will be the year before midterm elections. It won't be long before it extends to the whole two-year presidential campaign, amounting to three years of any presidential term where a Supreme Court seat cannot be filled.

I have always considered the Supreme Court our country's safety valve. When everything else fails, the Court is there to protect the Constitution and protect our civil rights.

But today, the most important safety valve is the U.S. Senate, specifically those senators with the conviction to fight for the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

That's why we're going to actually deliver the signatures from this petition to Democratic and Independent senators. Add your voice now and tell Democrats and Independents in the Senate to filibuster Judge Gorsuch.

The GOP's judicial coup spat in the face of our Constitution, and a nomination that locks that in as a precedent cannot be accepted under any circumstances. It is not hypocritical to try to right this wrong. It would be unconstitutional not to.

Thanks for all you're doing during this crucial time.

Sincerely,

Russ

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 13:24
 
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