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The Daily Countable, May 10: Should Russia Investigation be Run by an Independent Special Prosecutor?

by Countable | 5.10.17

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

Hello to The Counted!

President Trump has something to worry about today, in the wake of his sudden firing of FBI director James Comey, and it’s encapsulated in this one single tweet:

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is a conservative republican, the kind of lawmaker Trump needs to keep on his side if he’s going to have any success in Congress. And Flake isn’t the only GOP member with serious questions about Trump’s firing of the guy leading the investigation into any administration ties with Russia. Joined by many democrats, some Republicans are now calling for a fully independent special prosecutor to run the investigation. What do you think? Click the Take Action button and tell your Reps!

The President: IN WASHINGTON

  • Meets with Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs at the White House

The House of Representatives: OUT

  • In home districts for a one week break, back in session Tuesday, 5/16

The Senate: IN SESSION

  • Considers the repeal of an Obama-era rule that limits methane emissions from drilling operations. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas.

What to Watch

  • While all the news is about Russia and Trump today, keep your eyes on those Town Hall Meetings back in congressional districts. We’ll have a roundup of interesting events for you shortly.

Welp, there’s never a boring moment in Washington, it seems. At least these days. Stick with us at Countable and we’ll find every opportunity for you to Take Action!

-- Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor of Countable

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  • Jesse
    05/10/2017
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    It is hard for me to write this but I am losing faith in my government. For my entire life I knew that those in office may have opinions different than mine but they were for the most part good people with the best interest of our country as common ground. I no longer feel that way. I am uncomfortable with our president actively firing anyone who leads an investigation into him. These are not the actions of a leader in a democracy. This is what I would expect to occur in Dictatorship. Please help restore my fractured faith by appointing an independent investigator. This is not an empty political stunt. This is an essential request to restore the honor of our country and get us back to the moral ground we once held.

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  • Christopher
    05/10/2017
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    With the dismissal of the head of the FBI, this administration has demonstrated itself to be a malignancy on the republic and I believe no other remedy will deliver us but its swift and decisive removal. I call for the resignation of the president and for the appointment of a special prosecutor to continue the investigation this travesty of justice threatens to impede. Let any failure on the part of congress to act against this executive overreach be taken as evidence of their complicity. A president who moves to stand above the laws of this land forfeits any right to lead it.

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  • Jim
    05/10/2017
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    My senator, Mitch McConnell, says that an independent investigation is not needed and chides the other party. What he doesn't recognize is that this is no longer (nor should it ever have been) a partisan issue but it is a crises of confidence issue in congress and the current administration. Trust in our government can not be gained with a Trump named, Republican only supported FBI director. Vast majority of respondents want an independent investigation. It's time he listens to them.

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  • Kesav
    05/10/2017
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    When is Senator Pat Toomey going to make a public statement opposing the firing of FBI Director Comey? When are the elected reps of the GOP going to grow a spine and stand up for something bigger than their own wallets?

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  • Mary
    05/10/2017
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    A special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate the administration's ties to Russia. In light of the fact that the president has fired 3 people who were investigating his and his associates ties with Russia, this is more important than ever. This latest firing of James Comey screams "cover-up". Especially after his spokesperson went on Fox News and said that there is nothing to the Russian story and we should move on to other things! Please show us that you are serious in upholding the constitution and our system of checks and balances. Support appointing a special prosecutor!

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  • Malinda
    05/10/2017
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    Country over party!

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  • Ray
    05/10/2017
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    Make haste to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties and any potential collusion between Americans and the Russians who attempted to interfere in our election.

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  • Melanie
    05/10/2017
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    Absolutely we need an independent investigator. Our Constitution is at stake. Our faith in the Justice Branch is at stake. We elected a self serving spoiled child to the White House. Took comfort in the knowledge that we had checks and balances. Now, however...?

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  • Casey
    05/10/2017
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    Of course we need an independent special prosecutor to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. This is a no brainer at this point. Congress needs to act NOW.

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  • Meredith v
    05/10/2017
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    The American people now more than ever DEMAND an Independent committee investigate Trump's ties and Russia's involvement in our election. Nothing is more important than this to our Democracy.

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  • Sandra
    05/10/2017
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    I would like to encourage Senators Franken and Klobuchar to refrain from endorsing any legislation or confirmations until a special prosecutor is appointed. Thank you.

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  • Dennis
    05/10/2017
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    The longer this drags on the more it looks like Trump has something serious to hide. The appearance of impropriety of his firing of The FBI Director stinks to high heave. The investigation needs to go forward with an independent investigation that outside the political influence of the White House.

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  • Jordan
    05/10/2017
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    The President should absolutely be investigated by a special prosecutor - not on POTUS' payroll. It is essential that the prosecutor be bipartisan and independent. Please follow through with this and hold POTUS accountable to the questions of the American people.

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  • Sharon
    05/10/2017
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    I believe an independent, nonpartisan Special Prosecutor should be appointed with broad powers to pursue all of the ongoing investigations surrounding Trump and the Russians. S/he should have the highest possible security clearance, all the data collected from all of the investigations thus far should be turned over to her/him, and s/he should have broad powers to subpoena whatever s/he needs to complete the investigation.

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  • Lois
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    We need a special prosecutor to run the Russia investigation!

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  • Erin
    05/10/2017
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    A special prosecutor IS necessary. There is something that is being hidden and it's threatening our very democracy. Please, for the sake of this country and people in it---have a conscience and do what's right. Stand up to Trump and McConnell and tell them we need a non partisan investigation. If there is nothing to hide, if they truly aren't guilty, then I don't see what the issue is. Otherwise we will march, the people will be heard even if you refuse to listen. Stop this madness and help us.

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  • Liz
    05/10/2017
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    We are beyond past due for a special prosecutor and independent investigation into Russia's interference in our election last fall. This should be a nonpartisan issue that every person in Washington should agree needs to be addressed and dealt with quickly but instead we get republican roadblocks at every turn including from the White House itself. Do your jobs and demand an independent investigation so we can hopefully lay all this speculation and mistrust aside and move forward! And should said investigation find some more people guilty of collusion wouldn't it be better to find out rather than be part of the coverup? We need Missing posters all over D.C. because morality has clearly gone missing.

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  • riseabovethestorm
    05/10/2017
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    Absolutely, this administration cant be trusted AT ALL! This president along with his VP who by the way is sitting quietly somewhere while all this is going on waiting to take over...is embarrassing our government!! I am disgusted that they are getting way with such behavior after all they put Obama through. Obama may not have been perfect in their eyes, but this man 45 could never earned the same respect from the American people. This president is misleading this country that is harmful for everyone. WAKE UP PEOPLE...RESIST & DISRUPT !!

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  • Doug
    05/10/2017
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    We need a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia. Unless this happens, we will never know the truth, injustice will win and your legacy will be stained and one of shame. This is your chance to lead. Stand up!

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  • Helen
    05/10/2017
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    It is hard for me to write this but I am losing faith in my government. For my entire life I knew that those in office may have opinions different than mine but they were for the most part good people with the best interest of our country as common ground. I no longer feel that way. I am uncomfortable with our president actively firing anyone who leads an investigation into him. These are not the actions of a leader in a democracy. This is what I would expect to occur in Dictatorship. Please help restore my fractured faith by appointing an independent investigator. This is not an empty political stunt. This is an essential request to restore the honor of our country and get us back to the moral ground we once held. We need an independent panel to investigate the actions of this administration.

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