SONDLAND MUST TELL THE TRUTH AND PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS CONFIDENTIALITY 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

As the impeachment testimony unfolds, it seems more and more likely that the House will approve articles of impeachment. I am asking the Senator to do all in his power to ensure that that the trial in the Senate is fair and open with the presentation and consideration of all relevant evidence and that all Senators agree to consider the evidence as impartial jurors as the Constitution requires. Trump’s and the GOP’s responses to the testimony also demonstrate the need to support and strengthen whistleblower and witness protection. Thank you.

ACTION Two: CALL YOUR House reps

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SAMPLE SCRIPTs FOR Representatives:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

FOR BLUMENAUER: I am very concerned about the ongoing maligning of the whistleblower and the witnesses who have bravely and patriotically testified in the impeachment process. Please (1) thank the Representative for his ongoing support of the impeachment process and his early and ardent support for a Sondland boycott, (2) ask that he use his influence to get Sondland to testify truthfully, and (3) request that he work to strengthen statutes protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Thank you. 

FOR BONAMICI, DEFAZIO, AND SCHRADER:  I am very concerned about the ongoing maligning of the whistleblower and the witnesses who have bravely and patriotically testified in the impeachment process. Please (1) thank the Representative for his ongoing support of the impeachment process, (2) ask that he use his influence to get Gordon Sondland to testify truthfully, and (3) request that he work to strengthen statutes protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Thank you.

FOR WALDEN:  I am very concerned about the ongoing maligning of the whistleblower and the witnesses who have bravely and patriotically testified in the impeachment process. We need Rep. Walden to (1) put his constitutional duties over his party loyalty, (2) work to strengthen statutes protecting whistleblowers and witnesses, (3) actively support the impeachment process, and (4) use his influence to get Gordon Sondland to testify truthfully. Thank you.

Background:

Gordon Sondland’s testifying today in impeachment probe stemming from whistleblower’s allegations that Trump used power of his office to solicit foreign country’s interference in 2020 election, thereby undermining our national security.   

Sondland played a significant role in convincing Ukraine’s President that White House visit and release of congressionally approved military assistance required his agreement to dig up dirt against the Bidens for use in Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.  

Sondland’s prior testimony and his revised statement were evasive, internally inconsistent and contradicted others—suggesting he might have perjured himself attempting to protect Trump. 

To avoid an outcome like Roger Stone’s, Sondland must do his patriotic duty and be totally forthcoming in his testimony about Trump’s wishes and how he carried them out. 

With no plausible counternarrative, Trump and congressional and TV cronies have maligned the whistleblower, demanding his “outing” in violation of the federal statute that protects confidentiality. Given their ongoing harassment, slandering and punishment of those patriots who’ve come forward to testify, without confidentiality alleged government misconduct would never be reported. 

Our MoCs must  

  • ensure Sondland understands need for complete truthfulness  
  • support and strengthen whistleblower confidentiality 
  • convince Senators be impartial jurors in fair, open impeachment trial 

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