Steyer’s Need to Impeach campaign releasing a new television ad focusing on Trump and Putin, and demanding that members of Congress act

(SAN FRANCISCO, July 13, 2018)Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer released the following statement following the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the cyberattack on the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Democratic National Committee, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:

“These indictments demonstrate that there’s absolutely no doubt that Russia attacked our country and our democratic processes in order to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. Throughout his campaign and his presidency, Trump has never called Vladimir Putin an enemy of our country for being the mastermind behind these cyberattacks and has foolishly exalted Mr. Putin’s tyrannical rule. Now he is planning to meet with him behind closed doors next week. In light of these new indictments, we demand that Trump  cancel his scheduled meeting with Putin—a meeting that alarmingly excludes other American officials.”

Steyer’s Need to Impeach campaign is also releasing a new television ad—which will begin airing nationwide on Sunday—focusing on Trump and Putin’s relationship, and demanding that Democratic and Republican members of Congress stop putting political interests ahead of their constituents and do their jobs.

During the 60-second ad, which was filmed in front of the Old North Church in Boston and begins airing on nationwide on Sunday, Steyer invokes the actions of Paul Revere and other patriots that ignited the American Revolutionary War: “Almost 250 years ago, two lanterns were hung here to warn of the incoming attack on America.  Today it’s time we acknowledge what our President won’t, our democracy is under attack again. Donald Trump praises Vladimir Putin and meets with him on foreign soil, while rejecting our own law enforcement who say Putin launched a hostile attack on our last election, and is planning to do it again this year.”

Steyer goes on: “Why would an American President be willing to meet with a dictator who’s trying to undermine our democracy? Is Trump again getting played by Putin or is he conspiring with a man who helped put him in office?

If Paul Revere and other patriots had waited until it was safe, or politically correct, we would never have the country we do today. It’s time for Congress, Republicans and Democrats, to put their political interests aside and do what’s best for our country.”

Steyer launched the Need to Impeach campaign on October 20, 2017, through national television and social media ads. More than 5.4 million people have since signed on to support the campaign, creating a digital army that several political strategists call one of the most powerful political tools in the Democratic Party. Twelve other national commercials—including two in Spanish—have aired, reaching more than two billion television viewers and more than 454 million people through social media.

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