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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced legislation demanding that congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election include a thorough review of any collusion between persons associated, formally or informally, with President Donald Trump and the Russian governmentGiven the extensive ties between Russia and individuals associated with Trump, we cannot ignore the possibility that there may have been collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Both during his campaign and since his election, Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have extensive ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.” (Excerpt of Press Release from the Office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Jan. 31, 2017)

House Congressional Resolution 15 #Investigate Trump https://twitter. com/MaxineWaters/status/826904611407745029?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

On Jan. 12th: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/us-member-of-congress-waters-on-rt-russia-news-broadcast-interrupting-her-house-speech-on-c-span-shortly-after-mentioning-russia/

Congresswoman Waters Introduces Legislation Urging Investigation of President Trump’s ties to Russia and Cyberattacks
January 31, 2017 Press Release
 
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced legislation demanding that congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election include a thorough review of any collusion between persons associated, formally or informally, with President Donald Trump and the Russian government. In a press conference announcing the legislation with other progressive Members of Congress, Congresswoman Waters delivered the following remarks:
 
Like so many of you, we have been shaken by events that have occurred over the last 11 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated.  We have been shaken by the lies, the deception, and the stunning level of incompetence.

In just under two weeks, Donald Trump has unnerved our allies, challenged our values, and brought so much instability and chaos to our country.  This chaos is sure to please at least one person – Vladimir Putin.  For everyone Trump is quick to bully, from world leaders to gold star families, to disabled Americans, there seems to be one person on the world’s stage who can do no wrong in Trump’s eyes.  A dictator and former KGB agent who armed Assad in Syria as he attacked innocent civilians appears to be the only man that Donald Trump will not disparage.

Given the extensive ties between Russia and individuals associated with Trump, we cannot ignore the possibility that there may have been collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. 

Both during his campaign and since his election, Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have extensive ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.
 
* Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was a paid lobbyist for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian politician in Ukraine who fled to Russia in 2014 and was subjected to U.S. sanctions related to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  Manafort has also been involved in multimillion dollar business deals with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, which were reportedly the subject of an FBI inquiry.

* Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime friend, is reportedly under investigation for possible links with Russia. He has denied ever visiting Russia but admitted he had worked in Ukraine.  Stone announced in a speech last summer that he had spoken to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and Stone predicted that there would be additional leaked documents, a prediction that came true within weeks.

* Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, did a paid series of events in Moscow, including a speech and appearance at a party for RT, a Kremlin-funded TV station, where he was photographed sitting right next to Vladimir Putin.

* Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, was a business partner of Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian oligarch and Putin ally, in a major financial project involving the Bank of Cyprus.


* Finally, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, signed a multibillion dollar agreement with Russia in 2011 on behalf of ExxonMobil for an oil drilling project in the Arctic. The project was brought to a halt in 2014 as a result of the sanctions that were imposed on Russia in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.  Putin personally awarded Tillerson the “Order of Friendship” in 2013.


The financial dealings and alliances in this Trump-Putin circle present obvious conflicts of interest for the Trump Administration, and they are too significant to be ignored. 

Why did Paul Manafort and the Trump campaign push for softer language on the Ukraine in the Republican platform last summer?  What did Paul Manafort and Roger Stone know about the cyberattacks on their political opponents?  Why would Donald Trump deny knowledge of Russian responsibility for hacking even as he encouraged cyberattacks on his political opponent?

We must find out just how involved the Trump campaign was in Russia’s interference in our election.  That is why I am introducing a resolution to focus on what Congress must do to thoroughly investigate Trump’s connections with Russia and whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the outcome of the election.

We cannot allow any investigation led by the Republicans in Congress to whitewash Trump’s ties to Russia or avoid examining these critical questions.      
 
Issues: 
Foreign Affairs, Rep. Waters’ Legislation

https://waters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-waters-introduces-legislation-urging-investigation

Co-sponsors:
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]*
01/31/2017
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-1]
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/15/cosponsors (Text found at link).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concurrent_resolution

The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections“, by James S. Henry: http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/12/19/the-curious-world-of-donald-trumps-private-russian-connections/

Rex Tillerson, until one month ago, long-time CEO at Exxon Mobile and friend of Vladimir Putin was just confirmed as Secretary of State by apparent traitors in the US Senate:

What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The Russian steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But Exxon gold has been our bane –
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
O would, ere I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
…. We’re bought and sold for Exxon gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

(Burns, 1791, modified)
Although not the traditional tune, the above sings very well to the tune of Scots Wha Hae and in more ways than one! http://youtu.be/YAGLs6KI1Dg

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Putin’s power—
Chains and slaverie!
[…]
‘Wha, for democracy and law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fall,
Let him on wi me.

(Adapted from Burns, 1793)

Subsequent to the Parliament of Scotland selling Scotland to England in 1707, many Scots were forced abroad to Ireland and the Caribbean, and then the US and Canada, and later to Australia, following various clearances and uprisings.

Where will Americans with no right to have secondary citizenships flee now?

Who will protect Americans abroad if they are oppressed by dictators close to Tillerson or his dictator-friend(s)? How about Americans in eastern Europe, for instance, if Putin rolls over one or more of these countries?

Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation was written by the famed poet Robert Burns in 1791. He decried those members of the Parliament of Scotland who signed the Act of Union with England in 1707, some of whom were said to have been bribed. Burns contrasted their supposed treachery to the country with the tradition of martial valor and resistance commonly associated with such historic figures as Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. The poet states that he wishes to have lain in the grave with Bruce or Wallace, than have seen this treacherous sale of Scotland in his lifetime. The lyrics obliquely reference a colonization project that became known as the Darien Scheme, an unsuccessful attempt by the Kingdom of Scotland to become a world trading nation by establishing a colony called “Caledonia” on the Isthmus of Panama on the Gulf of Darién in the late 1690s. As the Darien company was backed by about a quarter of the money circulating in Scotland, its failure left the nobles and landowners—who had suffered a run of bad harvests—almost completely ruined and was an important factor in weakening their resistance to the Act of Union.
[…]
The song’s lyrics are in Lowlands Scots.

Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,
Fareweel our ancient glory;
Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name,
Sae fam’d in martial story.
Now Sark rins over Solway sands,
An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,
To mark where England’s province stands-

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The English steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But English gold has been our bane –
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
O would, ere I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
My auld grey head had lien in clay,
Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!

But pith and power, till my last hour,
I’ll mak this declaration;
We’re bought and sold for English gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Such_a_Parcel_of_Rogues_in_a_Nation

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Putin’s power—
         Chains and slaverie!

‘Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward’s grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn an flee.

‘Wha, for democracy and law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fall,
Let him follow me.

‘By Oppression’s woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free.

‘Lay the proud usurpers low,
Tyrants fall in every foe,
Liberty’s in every blow! –
Let us do or dee!
” (Adapted from Robert Burns, 1793)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_Wha_Hae

Many Americans take for granted their free speech and their right to criticize government. This seems especially true for those whose ancestors did not fight for freedom in the American Revolution and those who did not participate in the Civil Rights Movement. Those who fought for freedom in the Civil Rights movement, especially, know how precious their rights are.

Hard-won freedoms can not be taken for granted!

Scots Wha Hae:

Scots Wha Hae Robert Burns 1901 book via wiki
Scots Wha Hae Robert Burns 1901 book via Wikipedia.