What’s happening: (New York Times)
“The special counsel announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign and laid out the most explicit evidence to date that his campaign was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton. The former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the F.B.I … Rick Gates, Mr. Manafort’s longtime associate as well as a campaign adviser, was also charged and turned himself in. But information that could prove most politically damaging to Mr. Trump came an hour later, when Mr. Mueller announced that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and was cooperating with investigators.” Papadopolous said Trump campaign officials agreed to a pre-election meeting with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sam Clovis, who is involved in the probe, has also withdrawn from consideration to be the Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist.
What you can do:
✓ Call your senators to ask them to support legislation that checks the president’s ability to remove a special counsel without cause. To do this, use ContactingCongress.org to find your senators. Here’s a starting point.
“My name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. I am asking [SENATOR X] to support the bipartisan proposals currently being considered to check the president’s ability to remove the special counsel. Will [SENATOR X] support this legislation?”
✓ Commit to a “Mueller Firing Rapid Response” event near you.
✓ Speaking of Manafort being out on bail, check out Civil Rights Corps’ work to end wealth-based pretrial detention, and consider donating to the org. Clint Smith tweets: “As you watch Manafort go back home after leaving court, remember the half a million people sitting in jail because they’re too poor to afford bail.”