Support Is Growing For Protests The Moment Trump Fires Mueller

Trump and his cronies are trying to shut down the Russia investigation, according to top Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Now Americans are bracing for what happens if Trump does the unthinkable and finds a way to remove Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Though Trump denies he will fire Mueller, he is already looking at other ways to accomplish his removal, impugning the character of Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller’s work. The fact that Trump has characterized Rosenstein as a Democrat (He is Republican) and a threat to his presidency portend a grim future for the Russia investigation. Now Former Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for peaceful protests if Trump moves to undermine Mueller.

“ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative,” tweeted Holder.

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Holder is joining a chorus of voices today calling for mass peaceful protests that must not let up until a legitimate government and the rule of law is restored.

Legal expert and professor, Seth Abramson, recalled the Watergate Era in a thread of tweets that gave instructions for how to confront the impending Constitutional crisis.

“So all Americans, no matter their political stripe or what chance you think there is that Trump is guilty—1% or 90%—should do what Americans did during the Watergate Era if Trump fires Mueller: take to the streets and swarm Congress’ phone lines until rule of law is restored.”

Filmmaker, Rob Reiner also weighed in:

“Make no mistake,by attacking Mueller,DT’s state run TV(Fox) is pushing US to a constitutional crisis. Be prepared to take the streets.”

Moveon.org’s Washington Director, Ben Wikler tweeted directions for how to RSVP and join 400 + protests.

“Seriously. Don’t just fret about Trump firing Mueller. Be ready.

We have a plan. 400+ protests nationwide, within hours. Go to http://TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org RIGHT NOW and pre-RSVP so you’ll get updates re time & location. And then share this & recruit 10 friends to sign up,” tweeted Wikler.

Meanwhile, the Former Director for the US Office of Gov’t Ethics, Walter Shaub, noted that extremists like Steve Bannon are trying to say the planned protests are calling for violence, which isn’t true.

“They and the propaganda blogs, like frivolous Daily Caller & deeply weird Breitbart, are working overtime to distort the message & paint those preparing to protest as calling for violence. It’s a cynical attempt to undermine protests like they’re attempting to undermine Mueller.”

Brian Klaas, author, and Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, made a chilling observation about Kellyanne Conway, who has used the word, “coup” to talk about the Russia investigation.

“I’ve interviewed coup plotters, torture victims, generals, politicians they toppled & dozens whose lives were destroyed by actual coups & coup attempts

This language is so dangerous for democracy—and it’s precisely what you see before purges (which Fox News hosts are advocating),” tweeted Klaas.

Republicans have left America on the verge of a Constitutional crisis, just in time for Christmas. If Robert Mueller isn’t allowed to finish his investigation, the result will be immediate protests that could last indefinitely. If Trump gets away with stopping Mueller, then America will no longer be a legitimate democracy.

Trump will be, in effect, America’s despot King. He’ll be ruling like the man he so admires, the dictator, Vladimir Putin. Is this really what Republicans wanted?

See Kellyanne Conway talk about a “coup” in the Fox News video below:


Featured image: Robert Mueller and Eric Holder via Ryan J. Reilly (CC 2.0)