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House hears echoes of Watergate
House hears echoes of Watergate
It’s another day in Trump’s America—and another day to stand up for what’s right. Get the facts to fight back.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
Mueller’s press conference two weeks ago was a message to Congress: The ball is in your court. House Democrats are heeding that call.
The Mueller report did NOT exonerate Trump. Rather, it makes a damning case that he and his inner circle obstructed justice and encouraged an attack by a hostile foreign government. It’s an impeachment referral to Congress, and House Democrats are taking up the mantle today.
Watch at 2pm ET as the House Judiciary Committee continues investigating Trump’s crimes during their hearing, “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”
Share Mueller’s message to Congress ahead of today’s House Judiciary hearing, then tune in at 2pm ET:
Here’s what you need to know before today’s hearing:
- Mueller said his report should “speak for itself.” His report is clearly an impeachment referral to Congress, and—contrary to Trump’s lies—specifically fails to exonerate Trump.
- Today’s key witness is former White House counsel John Dean, who served under Nixon and was a vital witness in exposing the Watergate scandal. From his Twitter outbursts, Trump is clearly scared about Dean’s testimony.
- More than 1,000 former federal prosecutors have signed onto a letter arguing that Trump would have been indicted on multiple felony counts of obstruction of justice if he didn’t sit in the Oval Office.
More Trump administration corruption exposed
- McConnell’s inside track: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao designated a special liaison at the Department of Transportation to focus on grants for Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s state of Kentucky. The arrangement paved the way for at least $78 MILLION in grants to her husband’s home state.
- Kushner’s corruption, continued: In the time since Jared Kushner became a White House adviser to his father-in-law, a real estate company Kushner part-owns has received $90 million in mysterious foreign funding.
Pride Month is more important than ever
In the face of the Trump administration’s relentless attacks on LGBTQ+ people, Pride Month is more important than ever. Share this tweet thread to explain why.
From health care to military service to housing access, the story of the Trump administration is one of fear and erasure and contempt. Trump’s hateful, anti-LGBTQ+ agenda poses a grave threat to millions. Here are just a few examples:
- Transgender military ban: Based on nothing but bigotry and hatred, Trump made it his mission to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, harming countless patriots and their families.
- Health care access: Trump wants to allow health care providers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, ignoring the law to placate his base. Discrimination has devastating effects on LGBTQ+ people every day, especially on transgender people and people who face multiple types of oppression. Visit Protect Trans Health to tell the administration to stop trying to take away our health care.
- Protections for students: Trump rescinded guidance helping schools treat transgender students with dignity and respect. This is “nothing short of an invitation for the nation’s schools to discriminate against, ostracize, and tolerate the bullying of transgender kids.”
- Packing the courts: Trump is filling the courts with far-right ideologues, many with histories of LGBTQ+ discrimination, including calling transgender children part of “Satan’s plan.” These judges pose a threat for generations of LGBTQ+ people to come.
Advocates and lawmakers continue to fight tirelessly against this dangerous hatred, and they’re making important advances across the country. Pride Month is a celebration and a recognition of the fact that LGBTQ+ people have to fight for their rights on a daily basis.
Every day, and at Pride events across the country this month, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community.
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