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Activists call on Tillis to speak up, demand investigation of Trump-Russia ties

For several weeks now, a sizable group of activists have been gathering on a weekly basis outside the Raleigh office of North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis to demand that Congress provide a check to the extremist policies of a president for whom more and more basic questions of legitimacy continue to arise. Today 50 or so demonstrators renewed their efforts with a special focus on Trump’s Russia ties and the need for a thorough and independent investigation before any major presidential initiatives can be  allowed to proceed.

Demonstrators were especially adamant today that the Senate should not take up the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime appointment so long as basic question remain unanswered about Trump’s possible illegal — even treasonous — relationship with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Demonstrators repeatedly chanted “No confirmation without investigation!”

At the conclusion of today’s event, the group delivered an open letter to Tillis that read as follows:

Dear Senator Tillis,

We have been coming to your office every week for ten weeks. It is not always the same people, and while various organizations and churches are represented, there is no official group. Last week there were 75 people including physicians and clergy. We come because we feel our very democracy is in danger, and the extremist policies of this administration are already hurting our most vulnerable neighbors.

At the same time, it is becoming very clear that something sinister is being played out, and it seems very probable that a foreign power actually put the President in the white house and is now controlling him.

Today we come to specifically ask you to use whatever power you have to demand an immediate, nonpartisan investigation into the Russian role in the election and in the current administration.

In the meantime, it is ludicrous to vote on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. This person has been nominated by someone who may have committed treason and who is a pathological liar committed only to enriching himself.

Why on earth are you not concerned about the ten million dollars of dark money supporting this nomination, and the seven million dollars which blocked President Obama’s nomination? This too could have come from a foreign power.

Further, it was unprecedented for your Republican colleagues to refuse President Obama’s nominee a hearing. Do not heap stupidity on injustice.

We are encouraged by your willingness to engage in bipartisan legislation. We strongly urge you to step up to the challenge of going against the tide of your colleagues who will not listen to reason. Stand up for the immigrants in your state who are being terrorized by Sessions’ announcement yesterday. We need their labor, and they are our friends and neighbors.  Much like people would not tolerate the Muslim ban and showed up in airports, we are not going to tolerate families being separated for the sake of a sick and cruel ideology.

Please continue to do whatever you can to truly represent all of your constituents. We are counting on you.

Sincerely,

[Dozens of your constituents]

 

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