By Alex McVey, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, Twitter:
The Trump administration is running roughshod over American democracy by collaborating with the Russians to spread false stories, using Michael Flynn to conduct backchannel negotiations with Russia, and obstructing the FBI investigation into Trumps Russia ties by pressuring former FBI director James Comey to end the investigation, and firing him when he didn’t comply.
North Carolina’s US Senator Richard Burr is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and as such, is one of the two Senators most responsible for investigating the ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia.
Unfortunately, Senator Burr isn’t doing his job very well. First, The Senate Intelligence Committee is dragging its feet on the investigation. It is understaffed, underfunded, and currently working with bare bones resources.
As the editors of Bloomberg news recently wrote: “The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is woefully understaffed, conducting a vital national security investigation with fewer than a dozen full-time staff. The independent commission studying the Sept. 11 attacks, by contrast, had a staff of about 75. At its peak, the Watergate committee had about 100; the Church Committee investigating intelligence abuses had some 150.”
Second, Senator Burr is equivocating when it comes to Trump’s actions on Comey. When he was informed that Comey had circulated an internal memo about Trump’s attempt to influence the outcome of the FBI investigation, Burr demanded that the New York Times obtain that memo.
This is a shocking demand from a Senator with the full subpoena power to obtain that memo independently. Senator Burr’s job requires him to be one of the last safeguards of America’s democracy, but he’s not doing his job very well. It’s not up to the New York Times, it’s up to him.
Call Richard Burr and tell him to do his job (DC office: (202) 224-3154):
Hello, I’m a North Carolina voter from (Zip Code), and I’m concerned about the status of the Russia Investigation. Senator Burr needs to do his job in the Senate Intelligence Committee and demand more resources for the investigation. He also needs to use his subpoena power to the fullest extent regarding Trump’s firing of James Comey.