Bridge Project Ads Target Heller and Flake on Trump’s Ties to Russia

Today, American Bridge 21st Century launched a digital ad campaign against Senators Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, holding them accountable for failing to back an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads will run for two weeks in Nevada and Arizona. The ads direct voters to sign a petition urging their Senator to support an independent investigation to find out just how entangled Trump is with Russia.

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Donald Trump’s strange closeness with Vladimir Putin and his authoritarian regime is putting our national security at risk. As Trump refuses to speak out about Russia’s aggression, the questions keep piling up. With the stakes this high, Dean Heller and Jeff Flake need to support an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, and get the American people the answers they deserve.”

The first wave of digital ads appear below:

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DeVos: Protecting Kids From Discrimination And Harassment Is “Overreach”

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos saying it’s “overreach” to protect young students from discrimination on the basis of gender identity:

“We knew Betsy DeVos doesn’t respect our public education system and teachers, and now we know that DeVos doesn’t respect the basic human rights of our students. It isn’t “overreach” to keep kids from being bullied, harassed, and discriminated against — and it’s a disgrace that DeVos, Trump, and the rest of the Republican Party think otherwise.”

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Spicer Questions: It Only Took A Month For Blackmail Notes To Surface Edition

It’s more drip, drip, drip for the Trump White House on the President’s compromising connections to Russia and pro-Russian forces in the Ukraine. Yet again White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will take the podium hoping to avoid tough questions, but with today’s latest development that seems unlikely.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on Spicer to answer the following questions:

1.  Did Donald Trump know about the hacking attempt on Paul Manafort this past summer? Is that why he was fired as campaign chairman?

2.  Did Donald Trump meet or speak with Putin-ally Mr. S. Tulub on June 17, 2012 as the blackmail note to Manafort’s daughter states?

3.  How many times has the President spoken with Paul Manafort since he left the campaign?

4.  Is the compromising information on President Trump referenced in Serhiy Leshchenko’s blackmail note the same as the information from the dossier written by former-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele?

5.  […]

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Rex Tillerson Is Off To A Rocky Start

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is off to a rocky start in his new job. It has been over a month since the State Department has held a press briefing, a daily event that is watched closely around the world. Donald Trump has completely sidelined Tillerson who has been notably absent from high-level meeting with foreign leaders, including the Japanese Prime Minister and the Israeli Prime Minister. And in an attempt to soothe over diplomatic relations with Mexico, Tillerson’s visit has been met with hostility from Mexican Foreign Minister saying that Mexico will not accept measures imposed by the U.S.

Here are just some of the headlines following Rex Tillerson down to Mexico:

Washington Post: In first month of Trump presidency, State Department has been sidelined

The New York Times: Rex Tillerson Arrives in Mexico Facing Twin Threats to Relations

CNN: Mexico slams US immigration plan […]

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Manafort Cheat Sheet

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman with strong ties to pro-Putin forces in the Ukraine, is back in the news today in a big way.

It’s been awhile since the New York Times expose in August 2016 that precipitated his resignation from the Trump campaign. Luckily, American Bridge has compiled a quick rundown of what you need to know about the man who is likely being blackmailed with the President of the United States.

All of this underscores the need for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to and potentially illegal interactions with Russian interests.

Nine facts about Manafort:

1. Manafort founded and remains a principal at the lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly where he represents foreign governments that violated human rights.
*Stone refers to Roger Stone, see #9

2. Manafort represented Putin-ally Viktor Yanukovych in his successful campaign for President of Ukraine.

3. In August 2016, the New York Times uncovered secret ledgers […]

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Dean Heller Accidentally Met Some Voters… It Didn’t Go Well

Everyone knows Senator Dean Heller doesn’t like to work that hard. He doesn’t like to do town halls — after all, that much contact with the public might require you to read a briefing memo or hear someone disagree with you.

But today, Senator Heller finally had to meet some concerned voters who attended a private event in Carson City. It didn’t go well.

First, Heller went in the back door to avoid protesters out front.
As soon as people started asking him questions Heller froze and handed the mic over to his high school buddy Mark Amodei — who talked for 5 minutes while his friend got his feet underneath him.
Heller didn’t have good answers to questions.  Will he commit to an in-person town hall? Heller said he’s “more of a tele-town hall person,” but he’ll commit an in-person meeting only if his constituents promise not to applaud or boo […]

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Spicer Questions: Russia. Russia. Russia. Edition

While some have praised President Trump for making it through one day without a huge controversy or temper tantrum on Twitter, it’s important to remember that the questions swirling around the White House about Russia continue to escalate.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah said, “You don’t get a victory lap for one mediocre day. You’re still likely compromised by a hostile foreign power. Start answering some questions.”

He calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to address the following questions about the ongoing Russia scandal at today’s press briefing:

1. Has President Trump been briefed about the possibility that Russian military pension funds have been funneled to hackers who interfered in the 2016 election?

2. Over the weekend, President Trump’s sons opened the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai. Can you say with certainty that the project did not take money from Russian investors?

3. What else did Trump aides Michael Cohen and Felix Sater discuss with […]

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