End the threat to the health insurance of 7 million people

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicating that the Department of Justice will keep defending Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies: 

“This has always been a frivolous, partisan lawsuit that’s a giant waste of taxpayer resources. Republicans should drop this suit once and for all and finally work with Democrats to keep the government open and protect the millions of hardworking Americans whose health coverage Donald Trump is holding hostage.”

Axios: Sessions hints DOJ will keep fighting Obamacare subsidy case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested the administration will keep appealing the House lawsuit on the legality of Obamacare insurer subsides in an interview on Fox News on Wednesday.

When asked by an interviewer whether he would “continue to allow the legal process to continue for another judge to take a look at this case,” or whether he’ll take a “step back from it,” Sessions chose […]

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American Bridge Statement On Deputy Attorney General Confirmation Hearing

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement:

“Rod Rosenstein’s refusal to commit to appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the President’s ties to Russia and Russia’s interference in our election is unacceptable. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it impossible for a credible investigation to take place under the Department of Justice when he lied under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his contacts with Russia as an emissary of the Trump campaign.  The American people deserve answers and nothing short of a special prosecutor operating free of any conflict of interest or political agenda will do.”

WATCH: Rosenstein refuses to commit to appointing a special prosecutor

WATCH: Rosenstein didn’t even read the declassified intelligence report affirming Russia interfered in 2016 election 

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Five Facts We Learned Yesterday, Five More Questions For Trump

Yesterday, several moving pieces related to Donald Trump’s scandalous ties to Russia came to a head. Here is a quick rundown of where we stand and what the public still deserves to know.

What We Know
1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal is not good enough because the investigation will still be carried out within the Department of Justice. There must be a special prosecutor to ensure an independent investigation takes occurs.

2. The White House has been lying about contact between the Trump campaign and Russia. In reality, many Trump campaign officials – including advisers Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Carter Page, and JD Gordon – met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak either during the Trump campaign or transition.

3. The Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was apparently smuggled into Trump Tower for his meeting with Flynn and Kushner.

4. JD Gordon was one of the Trump aides who changed the […]

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Newspapers Across the Country Call for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia

Jeff Sessions recusal is not enough. Period. Newspapers across the country are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump and his aides’ connections to Russian officials. Last week we learned the Trump’s campaign was in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials. This week we learned that Jeff Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak as well as Carter Page, J.D Gordon and Jared Kushner.

The American people deserve transparency and impartiality. It is time for Republicans to put country ahead of party and join calls for a special prosecutor to lead this investigation.

The New York Times Editorial: Jeff Sessions Had No Choice
“Mr. Sessions’s recusal is only a first necessary step. The second must be the appointment of a special counsel — an independent, nonpartisan actor who can both investigate and prosecute any criminal acts in relation to Russian […]

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American Bridge: Time for a Special Prosecutor, Sessions Recusal Not Enough

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement in response to Jeff Sessions’ press conference:

“By failing to appoint a special prosecutor, Jeff Sessions is denying the American people the impartial investigation they deserve. This cannot be trusted to another White House lackey who won’t be able to work independently of politics. It is time for Republicans to put country ahead of party and join calls for a special prosecutor to lead this investigation, anything short of that is unacceptable.”

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UPDATED: 5 More Republicans Join Growing Calls for Sessions to Recuse Himself

Jeff Sessions is in trouble – deep trouble. According to The Washington Post, then-Senator Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, considered by U.S. intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies. However, during his confirmation hearings, Sessions stated “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

But he did. That’s perjury. Committing perjury under oath is serious – just ask 1999 Jeff Sessions.

It is clear that Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into Donald Trump’s connections to Russia.

Take a look at the growing list of Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself:

NEW Senator Rob Portman: “I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe.”

NEW Senator Jeff Flake: “Obviously he is going to need to clarify and likely recuse himself from any investigation with regard […]

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Dean Heller is Aiding and Abetting Jeff Sessions

A growing number of Republicans are calling for Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from ongoing investigations of Trump’s Russia ties. But once again, Dean Heller is nowhere to be seen or heard from.

Below is a statement by Jessica Mackler, President of American Bridge 21st Century:

“Dean Heller is aiding and abetting Jeff Sessions by refusing to call for the Attorney General to recuse himself from the investigations over Trump’s ties to Russia and demand an independent investigation. Nevadans sent Sen. Heller to represent them, but what they got instead is a missing-in-action politician who is putting our national security at risk to protect an Administration that continues to mislead the country about the president’s relationship to Putin and Russia.”

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Republicans Call for Jeff Sessions to Recuse Himself from Investigations

Jeff Sessions is in trouble – deep trouble. According to The Washington Post, then-Senator Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, considered by U.S. intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies. However, during his confirmation hearings, Sessions stated “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

But he did. That’s perjury. Committing perjury under oath is serious – just ask 1999 Jeff Sessions.

“Jeff Sessions can not be trusted to tell the truth and oversee an impartial investigation of this Administration’s ties to Russia. If Republicans don’t recognize that he can no longer credibly serve as Attorney General, at minimum they must immediately put country ahead of party and join calls for him to recuse himself from this investigation,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Take a look at the growing list of Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself:

Senator Lindsey Graham: […]

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American Bridge Statement On Jeff Sessions’ Contact With Russia During Campaign

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah statement on AG Jeff Sessions’ reported contact with Russia while he worked with Trump’s presidential campaign:

“This evening’s report proves it: the American people cannot trust Jeff Sessions to run an unbiased investigation of the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia. The country deserves an independent investigation of this scandal, but by lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions has proven to be incapable of serving in an impartial fashion. He must recuse himself immediately, anything less than that cannot be tolerated.”

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American Bridge Statement on Jeff Sessions’ AG Confirmation

Following Jeff Sessions’ Senate Confirmation vote, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“In a cabinet full of controversial and reckless nominees, Jeff Sessions might be the worst. He has been credited as the godfather of some of the Trump administration’s most egregious actions and was previously deemed too racist to be a federal judge by the U.S. Senate. Last night was proof that even Republicans know Americans find Sessions unacceptable, but their attempts to silence opposition to his racism and bigotry won’t work.

“The country knows that Senate Republicans are responsible for sending a man Coretta Scott King said would ‘irreparably damage the work of’ her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., to run Department of Justice and unravel a century of progress on civil rights. We will hold them accountable for his agenda.”

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