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Tom Steyer launches new Donald Trump attack: ‘committing crimes’

‘He believes he is above the law and that Congress is too weak to respond’

Liberal California billionaire Tom Steyer‘s political committee, Need to Impeach, is launching a $700,000 advertising campaign on national cable television declaring that President Donald Trump “is committing crimes in the open.”

The 60-second commercial, running on CNN and MSNBC nationally and on local cable shows in Iowa and New Hampshire starting Thursday, calls on both houses of Congress, the Democratic-led House of Representatives and Republican-led Senate, to “put political interests aside and focus on what’s right for our country.”

Steyer has been among Trump’s sharpest critics and deepest-pocketed opponents, and has been running anti-Trump national advertising for years. Last year he launched Need to Impeach with an initial $40 million investment. Earlier this year, Steyer committed an additional $40 million.

Some of that money has gown toward targeted digitial advertising, encouraging people to contact their members of Congress, in districts across the country, Need to Impeach also has been purchasing digital billboards, hosting in-district events, and organizing ground support.

The new television ad, “Committing Crimes,” includes clips of Trump declaring he is fighting Congressional subpoenas, saying would take information from foreign powers, citing Russia President Vladimir Putin, shaking hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Saudi Arabian leaders. Steyer voices over with commentary saying he is committing crimes in the open, siding with dictators against the United States, and made money from wealthy foreign interests trying to influence Trump administration decisions. It also says the Robert Mueller Report cites multiple instances of obstruction of justice.

“Donald Trump is daring our leaders to act, brazenly admitting his criminal tendencies on national TV because he believes he is above the law and that Congress is too weak to respond,”Steyer stated in a news release. “This cannot be a partisan issue — in the face of a constitutional crisis, the American people deserve political leaders who will do what’s right and defend our democracy. If we can’t trust our leaders to stand up for our values against this blatantly dangerous and lawless president, how can we trust them to deal with anything at all?”

“America will move forward as soon as leaders stop acting  on their own interests,” he concludes in the commercial.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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