RESTORING PUBLIC FAITH IN OUR DEMOCRACY

Playing off the title of the memo that served as a fig leaf for the removal of an FBI Director, the time is now for a serious conversation about the process by which the United States makes its government Putin-proof.

The events of the past week confirm that the Trump-Russia scandal can escalate quickly and get out of hand fast.

The best way to do rid ourselves of Russian influence is an intriguing form of repeal and replace that will move America forward, undo Trump’s treason and make Hillary Clinton the 46th President of the United States.

One need only follow the trail of money and bodies and to see that Vladimir Putin is bent on undermining western democracies — he is a fundamental threat to democracy everywhere.

Yet the current White House occupant does not see things this way. Donald Trump has literally invited Russian agents into the White House’s Oval Office — and hired a few to work for him, too!

Assuming evidence shows that Donald Trump and Mike Pence participated or had knowledge of the campaign ties to Putin, even after the fact, Members of Congress must prepare for one of the greatest tests of our democracy: the selection of the person that will assume the Presidency from a President and Vice President that put foreign interests over American.

Speaker Paul Ryan is not Putin-proof and must be replaced from the line of succession. The Speaker’s role in the Congressman Nunes stunt and his failure to use the power of the House to protect the United States from Russian influence thus far — at a minimum — disqualify him from the Presidency.

Our Founders did provide a solution: a citizen Speaker of the House, qualified to assume the Presidency. The Speaker of House is third in line for Presidential succession, is selected by majority vote of the Members of the House, and need not be a Member of Congress.

A citizen Speaker would not only be a first, it would be an indicator of the strength of America’s democracy and its ability to reject agents of foreign influence.

The line of succession must be clear. To ensure military and financial stability there can be no doubt about how our government intends to execute an unprecedented peaceful transfer of power.

Democrats and Republicans in the House must put patriotism above party and select a citizen Speaker to assume the Presidency in the event of a Trump and Pence impeachment or resignation.

Hillary Clinton must be that choice.

Selecting Clinton as the Speaker of the House to preside over the Impeachment vote in the House and remain until sworn in as the 46th President of the United States is the only way to right the wrongs of the 2016 election and maintain economic and military security and restore faith, at home and abroad, in our democracy.

It is also the right thing to do.

We can show the world that the Putin controlled push to undermine democracy can be undermined by using the tools of democracy.

The new Administration will have major global and domestic challenges to deal with — one of the top items on that list will be how to Putin-proof democracies.

One thing noticeably absent from the Trump-Russia scandal: women. How about we hire the woman that got more votes, got hacked and cheated by a cabal of men — at least two of whom have admitted to or been accused of sexual assault.

Who better than Hillary Clinton to take on — and take down — this culture and Putin-proof our government?

No one is more prepared to lead our country and no one would be a greater anti-Putin advocate than President Hillary Clinton. She will drain the swamp of foreign influence in our government.

Investigators are hard at work piecing the Trump-Russia puzzle together. It is the only logical reason that FBI Director Comey was fired this week by Trump.

What is clear from the public record is that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government in 2016. And when you coordinate with the Russian government, you coordinate with Putin.

Public officials that have been briefed are convinced of collusion.

Congressman Swalwell asserted that “there is evidence of collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and, according to Congressman Mike Quigley there is “probable cause to believe there was cooperation between the Russians and the Trump campaign” based on what he has seen and heard.

Those statements back up reporting by the Guardian newspaper that there is “specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion. This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”

This sort of illegal involvement of a foreign government in our democratic process is shocking. We need to prepare to fix it and restore public faith in our democracy.

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