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Trump Tries A 'Geographic'

This week Donald Trump tried a “geographic,” going overseas to escape the escalating scandals and investigations he has brought upon himself in Washington. But there’s no escaping the fact that he has abused his power in an attempt to halt the investigations and contain the scandals.

On Monday, the news broke that Trump – after failing to convince then-FBI Director James Comey to end his investigations – urged his Director of National Intelligence and his NSA Director to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia. (To their credit, both Dan Coats and Mike Rogers refused this illegal request to make false statements about an ongoing investigation.) On Tuesday, appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, former CIA Director John Brennan testified how he became increasingly worried about the Russia-Trump connection.
On Wednesday we learned how Russian spies and political officials had bragged of their influence over Trump through Flynn and Manafort. And on Thursday we found out that Jeff Sessions had concealed his contacts with Russian officials when filling out his security clearance form to become Attorney General.

This week we also saw how Donald Trump could drop a bomb on the American people from thousands of miles away. Trump’s budget is a direct attack on poor and working families, our environment, education, medical research, public health and public services. His draconian cuts in nondefense spending have one overriding aim: to enable him to provide massive tax cuts for the rich.

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit: Director Brennan at the House Intelligence Committee.

Miss: Vain effort by Chairman Trey Gowdy and other Committee Republicans to limit Brennan’s compelling testimony.

House Race of the Week

As the outrages pile up, it becomes increasingly clear that the only way to stop the Trump train wreck is to take back Congress in the 2018 election. We must Resist and Replace – resist Trump and replace his enablers in Congress. With at least 59 House Republicans vulnerable in 2018, we’re going to raise hell, raise money, and raise awareness about the worst of the worst Republicans in Congress.

This week’s target is one of the very worst: Congressman Darrell Issa from California’s 49th Congressional District.

I got to know Issa in 1998, during his spectacularly unsuccessful Senate campaign. Despite a big lead in fundraising and the polls, he lost the Republican primary after the LA Times exposed his tawdry past. Elected to the House in 2000, he did little for his constituents but became know as President Obama’s self-appointed tormenter-in-chief. Though his district is heavily Republican, Issa is deeply unpopular: in 2016 he barely won reelection against first-time candidate Doug Applegate. In 2018, both Applegate and environmental attorney Mike Levin are poised to take him on and take him down.

Finally…

Monday, May 29 is not only Memorial Day – it’s also the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. Let’s honor his memory and that of our brave veterans by standing up to those who would take away our freedom.