With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in increasing jeopardy, officials on both sides of the aisle are calling for legislation to protect the probe.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell is ignoring them. He once again blocked #ProtectMueller legislation from reaching the Senate floor for a vote yesterday, displaying his loyalty not to democracy, but to Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, in a bit of déjà vu from his infamous Lester Holt interview where he casually confessed to firing James Comey over the Russia investigation, Trump spontaneously admitted in an interview with the Daily Caller that he appointed Matt Whitaker (illegally) as acting Attorney General to crush the Mueller investigation.
Enough is enough. For Congress to stand idly by now goes beyond abdicating its responsibilities; it’s complicity.
Steps must be taken to protect the special counsel investigation. Paramount among them? Pass legislation to protect Mueller by any means necessary, including attaching it to any spending bill up for a vote in the coming weeks.
BIG PROGRESSIVE IDEA: CLEAN SLATE
1 in 3 Americans has some type of criminal record. That’s as many as 100 million Americans who face lifelong barriers to employment, housing, and opportunity for themselves and their families.
That’s why the nation needs #CleanSlate, a bipartisan national campaign to bring automated criminal record-clearing to states across the country—and to give tens of millions of Americans a vital second chance.
A criminal record shouldn’t be a life sentence to poverty.
Head to CleanSlateCampaign.org to learn more.
THINKING CAP: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER THROUGH FILM
As threats against journalists and a free press compound both abroad and at home (cc: President Donald Trump), a pair of Academy Award nominees dropped by the pod to discuss their new project celebrating the life and death of the legendary war journalist, Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012 covering the brutal conflict there.
Actor Rosamund Pike and director Matthew Heineman—whose new film, “A Private War,” opens in theaters tomorrow—sat down to tell Colvin’s complicated but critical story and to emphasize the importance of a free press in speaking truth to power and holding power to account. Listen to the episode here.