Nobody knows when it will happen, or even if it will happen. But in the event that President Donald Trump fires Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller, a plan is already in place for people to respond across the country.
MoveOn.org has established meeting places in hundreds of cities across the United States, urging its members and those who are concerned with the possibility of Trump firing Mueller to meet at their closest location in the event of the special counsel’s termination, to protest that action.
MoveOn explains that it is important to take quick and drastic measures to respond to such an event.
“This would be a constitutional crisis for our country,” they write. “It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.”
The meet-ups, which if held would be called "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies, would take place at a certain time depending on when the announcement of Mueller’s firing gets made. If Trump fires Mueller before 2 p.m. local time, then that community should meet at their designated spot to protest on that day at 5 p.m. If the termination occurs after 2 p.m. local time, the rally would take place the following day at noon at the protest site.
If this seems like people are preparing for the worst, there’s ample reason to worry: Trump tweeted out several times on Sunday his dissatisfaction with the direction of the Russia inquiry, openly doubting the legitimacy of the charges that were set to be made on Monday morning.
All of this "Russia" talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform. Is this coincidental? NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2017
After it was announced that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, (and his former business associate Rick Gates) were being formally charged, Trump again logged into his Twitter account on Monday to disavow any connection to Manafort’s misdeeds, and to urge more attention be made on Hillary Clinton.
Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
The claims made by Trump — that Manafort’s crimes occurred “years ago” — have been challenged. Manafort’s schemes allegedly took place between the years 2006 and 2017, and Manafort was part of Trump’s campaign from March until August 2016.
If Trump continues to show his distaste for the investigation, it could prompt him to consider removing Mueller from his position. The president does have the right to fire Mueller, but doing so comes with its own political consequences. It could also cause confidence in Trump, which is already at dismal levels, to erode even further.
The president needs to see that the American people do not approve of such tactics, and if he chooses to ignore the voices of those who oppose his actions, then Congress needs to see those crowds, too, and act accordingly to allow Mueller to continue his investigation, unimpeded.
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