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Speaker Ryan Must Curb House Intelligence Chair’s Efforts to Undermine FBI Russia Investigation

Americans deserve to know the truth about the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election but House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) has made every effort – including tonight -- to discredit the investigation and whitewash what has already come to light.

The Art of the Lie – Nonpartisan Watchdog Groups Release New Report Documenting President Trump’s First Year Failure on Government Integrity and Accountability Issues

As President Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union later this week, Common Cause and Democracy 21 are releasing a new report, “The Art of the Lie,” which pulls together a dizzying series of events and provides an overview of this unprecedented presidency. The report bundles together the crises, conflicts of interest, and new lows of the last year in 20 distinct issue areas to capture Trump’s failed first year record on matters of government integrity and accountability.

Common Cause Urges Congress to Investigate Hush Money Payment Arranged by Trump’s Personal Lawyer

Today, Common Cause called on Congress to uphold its oversight responsibilities and investigate what appears to be a hush money payment to an adult film actress arranged by President Trump’s personal attorney just prior to the 2016 election. The call follows complaints filed yesterday with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission.

White House FBI Interference Flouts Rule of Law

Americans expect and deserve an independent Department of Justice to enforce our nation’s laws free from political interference from the White House. Reported White House interference, including by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, offends the rule of law and must stop immediately. This interference is not appropriate at any time but certainly not when the Administration itself is under investigation.

Common Cause Calls for Release of Fusion GPS Congressional Interview Transcripts & More Transparent Process

Today, Common Cause urged the three congressional committees that interviewed Fusion GPS employees to release transcripts of the testimony by the opposition research firm. The letters to the Senate Judiciary and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees come in the wake of a New York Times opinion page piece by Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch outlining a smear campaign against them by President Trump’s defenders, including misleading excerpts from their congressional interview transcripts.

Flynn Plea an Encouraging Sign but Trump Administration Must Quit Obstructing the Investigation

The guilty plea of Michael Flynn to lesser charges is an encouraging sign that the investigation is continuing apace. The fact that he is not currently being charged with the rest of the laundry list of apparent violations that have come to light is a clear sign that he is cooperating with the Special Counsel’s investigation.

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