He continues to impress the country as a young lawmaker who truly cares about the American people—and he’s a fighter. Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III from Massachusetts made a ‘rough around the edges’ live Facebook video on Wednesday afternoon giving a short synopsis of the investigation of Donald Trump’s Russian collusion and the aiding of foreign interference in our 2016 elections. Kennedy encourages the people to continue to raise their voices and emphasizes it will be the strength of the American people that will stop end the Trump corruption.
“Ultimately, this is going to come down to all of you.”
In his lede, Kennedy summarizes his video:
Russia interfered in our election not only to erode faith in this democracy—but also to undermine the institutions that protect its integrity. With every reckless act of self-preservation, President Trump is allowing that distrust to fester and grow. Only an independent investigation can restore accountability to the American people. If the Trump Administration has nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear.
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And thank you so much for continuing to raise your voice. Look, we’re going to start with the facts:
First, our intelligence agencies have unanimously decided, after their analysis, that Russian government and Russian intelligence agencies deliberately interfered with our Democratic process, to erode faith in our democracy, and to erode our confidence in our institutions.
As a result of this interference that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from an investigation about/into the Trump administration’s contact with Russia. The leader in the investigation, Devon Nunes, of the House Intelligence Committee, was forced out of his position because of his inability to effectively lead that investigation.
We’ve seen resignations and dismissals of high-ranking campaign officials and Trump associates from Paul Manfort to Carter Page and of course, Michael Flynn, the former National Security Adviser, after he lied to the Vice President of the United States, who then, based off of that false information mislead, unwittingly, mislead the American public.
Far more troubling than those facts, that we know and what we have seen, however, are the dismissals of Sally Yates, then acting (DOJ) Attorney General, "Preet" Bharara, former U.S. Attorney General for New York, and of course, Director James Comey, head of the FBI, the person leading the investigation into Donald Trump and his associates’ interactions and alleged interactions with Russia.
Now look, Russia’s goal from the beginning was to erode our faith in institutions and our country, our democracy, and the mechanisms we have, in order to protect our democracy. What we have seen, and every day since then, in all these questions as they continue to swirl, is that they continue to make that success because this administration refuses to come clean and answer basic questions with regards to their own actions, with that of a known adversary and our chief political rival around the world.
This is the very least that the American public should expect from their government:
- What did you know?
- When did you know it?
- What are your contacts with the Russian government?
- Who in this administration has made contacts with the Russian government intelligence agencies?
- What are your business ties to those organizations?
- What incentives to you have to, perhaps. be more beholding to Russian interests, than the interests of the American pubic?
Let us understand, please, Mr. President, why is it that you continue to cozy up to a Russian government that does not share our values or our interests, while alienating some of our closet allies around the world.
We need these answers, and at the point, only an independent commission with the full staff, and support and subpoena power that is necessary, is going to get us to where we need to go.
I urge this administration and our Republicans in Congress to stand up and speak out and look at this as it is — as a national security issue. It’s a threat against our democracy, our nation and our values, and it is only through standing up, raising our voices and being united—that we going to be able to repel this threat.
Ultimately, this is going to come down to all of you.
For the Republicans that have raised their voices, and there have been some, I applaud them and I salute them. For the others that aren’t quite there yet, they need to hear from you.
Raise your voices, particularly during a recess period when the House is back home, hopefully conducting those town halls and answering your questions. And if they’re not, make sure you raise your voices so they hear you, they answer—and we can hold our government accountable.
Thank you, so much — keep those voices raised.
Cheers to Kennedy and every Democratic congress member who is standing up and fighting the corruption within the Trump administration and current GOP leadership—with everything they have in them. We’ll take that fight, raise them, and join them. Together, we will win this.
(Joe Kennedy III is the son of Congressman Joe Kennedy II and the grandson of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He is also the nephew of Senator Ted Kennedy and former President John F. Kennedy. Some of the strongest and most outspoken women and humanitarians like Maria Schriver and Ethel Kennedy are also related to Joe. Given the plethora of notable public servants within the Kennedy family, it’s not hard to be hopeful for more to come. Joe Kennedy III seems to be on his way.)