Re: Trump and Russia

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No classified national security briefings for Donald Trump

Tell Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:
"Withhold all classified national security briefings from Donald Trump."

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Dear 5849376,

Trump Traitor

It's stunning.

Donald Trump just asked Russia to spy on the United States. Here's how the New York Times reported the news (emphasis ours):

Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton's email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power's cyberspying on a secretary of state's correspondence.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."1

Let's be clear: Trump's encouragement of a dangerous dictator like Vladimir Putin to commit espionage and publicize state secrets poses serious national security concerns, and may violate federal law. This unprecedented action is even more horrifying given that Trump is scheduled to start receiving classified national security briefings, reportedly as soon as tomorrow.

This cannot happen. We need to raise a massive outcry now.

Tell Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: No national security briefings for Donald Trump. Click here to sign the petition.

Trump's shocking request for Putin to spy on the United States comes on the heels of widely reported stories linking Russia to cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that culminated with a Wikileaks drop of tens of thousands of internal DNC emails over the weekend.2

While it's customary, there is no legal requirement for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to provide the presidential candidates with classified security briefings. Earlier this month, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tried to use the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email usage as grounds to block Clinton from receiving them. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper refused that request, saying he "does not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated, eligible candidate."3

It's hard to imagine that a presidential candidate who has possibly violated federal law, by asking a hostile government to spy on a former secretary of state, should be eligible to receive briefings. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for Clapper to provide them.

Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest indicated that Clapper intends to provide Trump with briefings, and that the administration supported Clapper's plan.4 We need to keep fighting back to make sure that the administration gets the message that, given the unprecedented nature of Trump's fascist candidacy, now is not the time to defer to past custom when it comes to protecting our national security interests.

Tell Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: No national security briefings for Donald Trump. Click here to sign the petition.

Trump is now trying to walk back his dangerous rhetoric. That's how he's gotten away with so much already — from racism to misogyny to xenophobia to inciting violence. It's up to us to push back on this breach as much as we have pushed back on his hate.

Thanks for taking action today.

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
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P.S. With Trump's briefings about to start, we need to build momentum for this campaign, and build it fast. That's why we put together an important video to spread the word about Trump's shocking request to Russia and to highlight the urgency of acting now. Watch the video now and share it with your friends.

References:

  1. Ashley Parker, "Donald Trump Calls on Russia to Find Hillary Clinton's Missing Emails," The New York Times, July 27, 2016.
  2. David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, "Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.," The New York Times, July 26, 2016.
  3. Jim Sciutto and Theodore Schleifer, "Ryan's request to block Clinton from intelligence briefings is denied," CNN.com, July 12, 2016.
  4. Devin Dwyer, "White House Supports Intelligence Briefing for Donald Trump," ABCNews.com, July 28, 2016.

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